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    Celebrity birthdays for the week of Feb. 28-March 6: Feb. 28: Actor Gavin MacLeod is 90. Singer Sam the Sham is 84. Actor-director-dancer Tommy Tune is 82. Actor Frank Bonner (“WKRP in Cincinnati”) is 79. Actor Kelly Bishop (“Gilmore Girls”) is 77. Actor Stephanie Beacham (“Beverly Hills, 90210,” ″SeaQuest DSV”) is 74. Writer-director Mike Figgis is 73. Actor Mercedes Ruehl is 73. Actor Bernadette Peters is 73. Actor Ilene Graff (“Mr. Belvedere”) is 72. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is 66. Actor John Turturro is 64. Singer Cindy Wilson of The B-52′s is 64. Actor Rae Dawn Chong (“The Color Purple”) is 60. Actor Maxine Bahns (“The Brothers McMullen”) is 52. Actor Robert Sean Leonard (“House, M.D.”) is 52. Singer Pat Monahan of Train is 52. Author Lemony Snicket (AKA Daniel Handler) is 51. Actor Tasha Smith (“Empire”) is 50. Actor Rory Cochrane (“24,” ″CSI: Miami”) is 49. Actor Ali Larter is...
    Wildflower hikes The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority is offering hikers three weekends to explore Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve during peak wildflower season. While the preserve usually offers only docent-led hikes, hikers can register to take a self-guided stroll through the preserve Fridays-Sundays, March 12-28, 8 a.m-5 p.m. Coyote Ridge comprises 1,831 pristine acres located in the Diablo Range foothills in southern Santa Clara County. The preserve offers wildflower displays paired with views of the Coyote Valley. The rare serpentine grassland provides critical habitat for over a dozen threatened and rare species, including Bay Checkerspot butterflies, Metcalf Canyon jewelflowers, burrowing owls and golden eagles. The lower area contains about 2.5 miles of trail with minimal incline for easy hiking and plenty of habitat to explore. Those interested in a longer hike can trek up the Coyote Ridge Trail to the top of the ridge. The trail includes a...
    ‘Dwellings’ podcast San Jose’s Housing Department has found a new home in the podcasting world. The department’s new podcast, “Dwellings,” premiered this month on all major podcast apps, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. The series will tackle issues of affordable housing and homelessness in San Jose. Daytime dementia care Caring for an aging loved one can be costly in terms of time, money and emotion. Santa Clara County is testing a program that would provide free daytime care for residents living with cognitive impairments like dementia, particularly those struggling with the financial burden. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is currently virtual, with some meal delivery services included. Residents interested in trying out the program—which includes games, movement exercises, crafts and entertainment—can call 408-550-0701. Neighborhood Notes WILLOW GLEN>>Willow Glen High School’s mock trial team took home the countywide championship title this month. The team rose to the top...
    Ellenberg judges youth art Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg, whose district includes Campbell, was among the judges of the “To Be Honest” art contest sponsored by Momentum for Health. Kalen Gallagher, president of the Campbell Union High School District board of trustees, also helped choose the winners from among 111 submissions by Santa Clara County residents ages 14-25. Drawings, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, music, digital art, videos and poetry were submitted on the theme “My Mental Health in 2020.” “We tried to lift some of the restraints young people have been living under for the past 11 months by allowing them to choose their preferred mediums,” Momentum President/CEO David Mineta said in a statement. “This was also an opportunity for young artists to communicate to the community how the pandemic is affecting their mental health.” Momentum for Health is a nonprofit provider of adult and youth behavioral health services in...
    Community Action Grants Applications are being accepted for Community Action Grants from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The grants support organizations led by people of color that “foster greater creativity and help build community and power to promote a just, equitable and inclusive Silicon Valley.” Applications for Neighborhoods Community Action Grants are due Friday, Feb. 26. Applications for Faith Community Action Grants are due Friday, March 5. For application information, visit https://www.siliconvalleycf.org/grants, email grants@siliconvalleycf.org or call 650-450-5400. Donors sought for Rebuilding Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley has started a Change Order program for supporters to make automated monthly donations of any size. The nonprofit, which normally hosts two events a year when volunteers make repairs to nonprofit facilities and the homes of low-income homeowners, says these monthly gifts will empower Rebuilding Together to plan ahead for these Rebuilding Days and other events. In its 30-year history Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley volunteers have...
    Community services in Cupertino Of the 989 new clients at West Valley Community Services in fiscal year 2019-2020, 251 were from Cupertino. According to the WVCS annual report, Cupertino residents made up 22% of the client base using its rental and food assistance programs. Based in Cupertino, the nonprofit also serves residents living below the property line in Los Gatos and West San Jose. Cupertino-based clients were 56% single adults, 23% households with children and 21% households with adults only. According to the report, 2019-20 marked the first fiscal year that WVCS distributed more than $1 million in emergency rental and utility assistance. Of the households receiving assistance, 67 were in Cupertino. From March 2020, when Santa Clara County issued its first “shelter in place” order due to the coronavirus, WVCS saw a 42% increase in overall clients and an 86% increase in new clients. WVCS’s revenues for that...
    Sayoc judges youth art Los Gatos Mayor Marico Sayoc was among the judges of the “To Be Honest” art contest sponsored by Momentum for Health. As executive director of Counseling and Support Services for Youth (CASSY), Sayoc was well positioned to help choose the winners from among 111 submissions by Santa Clara County residents ages 14-25. Drawings, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, music, digital art, videos and poetry reflected the theme “My Mental Health in 2020.” “We tried to lift some of the restraints young people have been living under for the past 11 months by allowing them to choose their preferred mediums,” Momentum President and CEO David Mineta said in a statement. “This was also an opportunity for young artists to communicate to the community how the pandemic is affecting their mental health.” Community Action Grants Applications are being accepted for Community Action Grants from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation....
    Quilt show The Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association is hosting its Spring Front Porch Quilt Show March 6-13, when members will be showing quilts on their front porch, fence, yard or window all around Santa Clara County. Displays include works by two quilters on the same block near downtown Sunnyvale. The show culminates March 13, 2-4 p.m., with “Connecting with Quilting,” an online workshop hosted by the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association along with Silicon Valley Reads. Participants in the free, family-friendly workshop will learn how to make a small hand-quilted project at home; they’ll also learn about the history and basics of quilting, and about community quilting projects around the world. For more information and to register for the workshop, visit www.scvqa.org. Community Action Grants Applications are being accepted for Community Action Grants from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The grants support organizations led by people of color that...
    Feb. 8 5:25 a.m. in the 500 block of East McGlincy Lane: Two suspects forced entry into several work vans and stole a white 2006 Chevy work van. 7:22 a.m. at Midway Street and Ridgeley Drive: A white Ford F350 was located with its doors and toolbox open. A company representative confirmed the vehicle had been stolen out of San Jose and had not yet been reported. 9:10 a.m. in the 1700 block of South Bascom Avenue: Two suspects were located by staff inside a unit which was supposed to be vacant. Both fled, but one left her ID behind. Syringes and suspected heroin were located inside the rooms. 1:25 p.m. at Sheffield and Leigh avenues: A woman, 36, was located by officers inside a parked blue Mercedes Benz that had been reported stolen to out of San Jose on Jan. 31. A search found she was in possession...
    Celebrity birthdays for the week of Feb. 21-27 Feb. 21: Actor Gary Lockwood (“2001: A Space Odyssey”) is 84. Actor-director Richard Beymer (“West Side Story,” “Twin Peaks”) is 80. Actor Peter McEnery is 81. Record company executive David Geffen is 78. Actor Tyne Daly is 75. Actor Anthony Daniels (C3P0 in “Star Wars” films) is 75. Keyboardist Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) is 72. Actor Christine Ebersole is 68. Actor William Petersen (“C.S.I.”) is 68. Actor Kelsey Grammer is 66. Singer Mary Chapin Carpenter is 63. Actor Kim Coates (“Bad Blood,” “Sons of Anarchy”) is 63. Actor Jack Coleman (“Heroes”) is 63. Actor Christopher Atkins is 60. Actor William Baldwin is 58. Actor Aunjanue Ellis (“Quantico”) is 52. Country singer Eric Heatherly is 51. Bassist Eric Wilson (Sublime) is 51. Bassist Tad Kinchla of Blues Traveler is 48. Singer Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops is 44. Actor Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable...
    Community services in Los Gatos Of the 989 new clients at West Valley Community Services in fiscal year 2019-2020, 169 were from Los Gatos. According to the WVCS annual report, Los Gatos residents made up 15% of the client base using its rental and food assistance programs. Based in Cupertino, the nonprofit also serves residents living below the property line in Saratoga and West San Jose. Los Gatos-based clients were 61% single adults, 22% households with children and 17% households with adults only. According to the report, 2019-20 marked the first fiscal year that WVCS distributed more than $1 million in emergency rental and utility assistance. Of the households receiving assistance, 57 were in Los Gatos. From March 2020, when Santa Clara County issued its first “shelter in place” order due to the coronavirus, WVCS saw a 42% increase in overall clients and an 86% increase in new clients....
    Community services in Saratoga Of the 989 new clients at West Valley Community Services in fiscal year 2019-2020, 117 were from Saratoga. According to the WVCS annual report, Saratoga residents made up 12% of the client base using its rental and food assistance programs. Based in Cupertino, the nonprofit also serves residents living below the property line in Los Gatos and West San Jose. Saratoga-based clients were 64% single adults, 7% households with children and 29% households with adults only. According to the report, 2019-20 marked the first fiscal year that WVCS distributed more than $1 million in emergency rental and utility assistance. Of the households receiving assistance, nine were in Saratoga. From March 2020, when Santa Clara County issued its first “shelter in place” order due to the coronavirus, WVCS saw a 42% increase in overall clients and an 86% increase in new clients. WVCS’s revenues for that...
    Open Space events Fantastic Ferns and Awesome Opossums are among the topics of online programs presented this month by the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. Participants in the former webinar, set for noon-1 p.m. on Feb. 19, can learn about the lifecycle and diversity of one of the most prevalent plant families in the valley’s open spaces, including sword, deer and maidenhair ferns. The possum webinar, a family-friendly program about the North American marsupial, is set for Feb. 20, 11 a.m.-noon. To register for a webinar, visit Eventbrite.com. Community Action Grants Applications are being accepted for Community Action Grants from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The grants support organizations led by people of color that “foster greater creativity and help build community and power to promote a just, equitable and inclusive Silicon Valley.” Applications for Arts and Culture Community Action Grants are due Friday, Feb. 19. Applications for...
    Vaccination information Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian is hosting a virtual town hall Feb. 25 for Cupertino residents to get information about COVID-19 vaccinations: when residents are eligible, where to get them and how to sign up. Simitian will be joined by Cupertino Mayor Darcy Paul, representatives from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and Office of County Counsel, and representatives from healthcare providers including El Camino Health, Stanford Health Care and Sutter Health/Palo Alto Medical Foundation. The one-hour virtual town hall begins at 6:30 p.m. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/simitiancommevents. Online diplomas for adults The Santa Clara County Library District is partnering with the California State Library and Gale, a Michigan-based educational publishing company, to offer Career High School Online, where adults can earn their accredited high school diploma and career certificate. The program pairs each student with an academic coach. Classes are supported by board-certified instructors, and...
    SVCE board officers named Campbell Mayor Liz Gibbons has been named vice chair of the Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) Board of Directors. Mountain View Councilmember Margaret Abe-Koga was named to her second term as board chair for the Sunnyvale-based green energy aggregator. Both will serve one-year terms. Gibbons is a founding board member of SVCE and has served as a director and a member of the agency’s executive committee since 2016. As a LEED-certified architect, Gibbons is set to help SVCE advance regional initiatives for all-electric buildings. “Last year we crossed a big milestone by investing over $1 billion in new renewable energy projects,” Gibbons said in a statement. “I look forward to seeing even more new projects this year and passing the cost savings to residents and businesses in the form of lower rates and customer programs.” SVCE is governed by a board of directors made up...
    Family Camp closed San Jose’s Family Camp at Yosemite will once again be closed this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. San Jose’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department announced that pandemic and budget concerns led to the decision to pre-emptively close the grounds. While the campground is closed to visitors, staff will continue upkeep and renovations ahead of the 2022 camping season. Tech bootcamps San Jose State University recently announced two new “tech bootcamps” in collaboration with Fullstack Academy. The sessions are designed to teach participants—particularly those with no prior experience—coding and cybersecurity. The sessions run May 24-November 30. Applicants don’t have to be enrolled at SJSU. To sign up, visit https://bootcamp.sjsu.edu. Community Action Grants Silicon Valley Community Foundation is offering grants to local groups aiming to increase racial justice and social equity in San Jose. The current round of funding is part of the nonprofit’s Community Action...
    Race and health Santa Clara County is launching a new advisory group focused on the racial health disparities in the community, which have been thrown into stark relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg, who represents Campbell, helped found the community board in 2020. Applicants should have a history as patients of the county’s health and hospital system. To apply, email Ellenberg at supervisor.ellenberg@bos.sccgov.org​​​​​​​​. Gibbons is SVCE vice chair Campbell Mayor Liz Gibbons has been named vice chair of the Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) Board of Directors. Mountain View Councilmember Margaret Abe-Koga was named to her second term as board chair for the Sunnyvale-based green energy aggregator. Both will serve one-year terms. Gibbons has served as a Campbell councilmember since 2014. She is a founding board member of SVCE and has served as a director and a member of the agency’s executive committee since 2016. As...
    MIDDLETOWN, Ohio – University of Rio Grande forward Shiloah Blevins averaged a double-double to earn River States Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 1-7. The 6-5 sophomore from South Webster, Ohio, put up 18.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in two contests. He also shot 56 percent from the field as the RedStorm went 2-0 versus RSC competition. Blevins first had 15 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in a win over WVU Tech, including the winning dunk at the buzzer. He followed that up with 21 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a victory versus Carlow. Rio Grande will be at Ohio Christian on Feb. 11.
    Feb. 1 Overnight in the 300 block of Dunster Drive: A white 2002 Chevy Astro van was stolen. 8:20 a.m. at Almarida Drive and David Avenue: An officer located an unoccupied 1995 Honda Accord reported stolen out of San Jose Jan. 29. Overnight in the 400 block of California Street: Someone smashed the window to a vehicle and stole items. Overnight in the 700 block of Camden Avenue: Someone stole the rear plate from a Chevy Silverado. Noon at Los Gatos Creek Trail and Hamilton Avenue: A blue and silver Trek mountain bike was stolen. 5 p.m. in the 00 block of North San Tomas Aquino Road: Someone stole items and fled in a red Ford F150. 6:45 p.m. in the 2100 block of South Winchester Boulevard: The victim was picking up food when someone presented a handgun and demanded her purse. 1:13 a.m. in the 500 block of...
    Celebrity birthdays for the week of Feb. 14-20: Feb. 14: Country singer Razzy Bailey is 82. Jazz saxophonist Maceo Parker is 78. TV personality Pat O’Brien (“The Insider,” ″Access Hollywood”) is 73. Magician Teller of Penn and Teller is 73. Actor Ken Wahl (“Wiseguy”) is 64. Opera singer Renee Fleming is 62. Actor Meg Tilly is 61. Singer Dwayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Tone! is 60. Actor Sakina Jaffey (“House of Cards”) is 59. Actor Enrico Colantoni (“Just Shoot Me”) is 58. Actor Zach Galligan (“Gremlins”) is 57. Actor Valente Rodriguez (TV’s “George Lopez,” film’s “Erin Brockovich”) is 57. Bassist Ricky Wolking of The Nixons is 55. Actor Simon Pegg (2009′s “Star Trek”) is 51. Bassist Kevin Baldes of Lit is 49. Singer Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty is 49. Actor Danai Gurira (“Black Panther”) is 43. Actor Matt Barr (“Blood and Treasure”) is 37. Actor Jake Lacy (“The Office”)...
    Online diplomas for adults The Santa Clara County Library District is partnering with the California State Library and Gale, a Michigan-based educational publishing company, to offer Career High School Online, where adults can earn their accredited high school diploma and career certificate. The program pairs each student with an academic coach. Classes are supported by board-certified instructors, and students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform. Students have 18 months to complete the program. In addition to a high school diploma, those who finish will also receive a credentialed career certificate in one of eight fields. “Because it can be done at their own pace, it allows participants to balance other priorities like work and family,” said County Librarian Jennifer Weeks. Applicants must reside in the county library district, be at least 19 years old and have a library account in good standing. All classes are taught in English, with participants...
    Library loans tech As vaccines slowly roll out, many San Jose residents continue to work and learn from home, meaning reliable access to technology at home is still a critical issue. To that end, San Jose Public Library is loaning AT&T hotspots, which provide wireless internet, to residents free of charge. Request one online at sjpl.org/hotspot-members. The library is also loaning out laptops and tablets. The loans are for library members only, but residents can sign up for a library card online. For more information, visit sjpl.org/SJAccess. Planting day help Our City Forest, a local nonprofit focused on the urban environment, is soliciting volunteers for its upcoming “Bare Roots” planting days. Volunteers will take newly delivered trees, which Our City Forest keeps in its nursery, and pot them so they can take root. The nonprofit is offering shifts between February 23-27 and March 2-6, so groups can remain small...
    Girls on the Run gets grant Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley has received a $15,000 grant from the Rite Aid Foundation to support health and wellness programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Los Gatos-based nonprofit serves girls in grades 3-8 through a curriculum that creatively integrates running. Kathleen Nestler, executive director and founder of Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley, said the nonprofit will utilize the grant to ensure that its programming can continue through the pandemic. Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley offers programming at more than 100 sites across Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. For more information on Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley, visit www.gotrsv.org. Events for older adults Bay Area Older Adults is hosting a couple free virtual programs in February for adults age 50 and older. A Lunch and Learn at Monte Bello Preserve is set for Feb. 18, noon-1...
    Online dietary discussion Bay Area Older Adults is hosting an online talk for adults age 50 and older on Feb. 25, when Dr. Nusrat Khaleeli will talk about “Dietary Fats: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Khaleeli will explain how certain fats cause negative health effects while others are important for a healthy diet. Visit https://www.bayareaolderadults.org/bao-lectures to register. Open Space events Fantastic Ferns and Awesome Opossums are among the topics of online programs presented this month by the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. Participants in the former webinar, set for noon-1 p.m. on Feb. 19, can learn about the lifecycle and diversity of one of the most prevalent plant families in the valley’s open spaces, including sword ferns, deer ferns and maidenhair ferns. The possum webinar, a family-friendly program about the North American marsupial, is set for Feb. 20, 11 a.m.-noon. To register for...
    Campbell Cares masks The Campbell Chamber Foundation is offering branded face masks to anyone who donated to the Chamber’s Campbell Cares initiative last year. New donors can also score a mask. To donate, visit campbellchamberfoundation.org/donate or drop by the Chamber office at 267 E. Campbell Ave. to drop off a donation and pick up a mask. Online diplomas for adults The Santa Clara County Library District is partnering with the California State Library and Gale, a Michigan-based educational publishing company, to offer Career High School Online, where adults can earn their accredited high school diploma and career certificate. The program pairs each student with an academic coach. Classes are supported by board-certified instructors, and students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform. Students have 18 months to complete the program. In addition to a high school diploma, those who finish will also receive a credentialed career certificate in one...
    Virtual musical theater Saratoga’s South Bay Musical Theatre has a couple virtual events coming up, one a play reading and one a cabaret. Readings of “Pride and Prejudice” are set for Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. Co-sponsored by Silicon Valley Shakespeare, the streamlined theatrical version of Jane Austen’s classic novel follows the misadventures of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy as they fight their attraction. On Feb. 24 South Bay Cabaret presents “Classic vs. Contemporary Show Tunes.” At 7:30 p.m., performers will sing one classic show tune and one contemporary show tune to reflect the changes in musical theater culture. For more information, visit SouthBayMT.com/estudio. Online diplomas for adults The Santa Clara County Library District is partnering with the California State Library and Gale, a Michigan-based educational publishing company, to offer Career High School Online, where adults can earn their accredited high school diploma...
    De Anza resolves to be smoke-free The De Anza Associated Student Body Senate voted 15-5 on Feb. 1 to endorse a resolution calling for the removal of designated smoking areas on the De Anza College campus. The resolution calls for De Anza to be a 100% smoke-and vape-free campus. The resolution states that a 2019 survey found that 70% of students have been exposed to secondhand cigarette and vape smoke. It also points out that all UC and CSU campuses are completely smoke-free, comparatived to only 52% of California Community College campuses. The De Anza Academic Senate, representing faculty, voted to support a 100% smoke- and tobacco-free policy in November 2018. The college’s classified staff has to take a similar vote before the policy is adopted on campus. Events for older adults Bay Area Older Adults is hosting a couple free virtual programs in February for adults age 50...
    Jan. 25 Overnight in the 800 block of West Hamilton Avenue: Someone smashed a glass door, gained entry and stole items. 3:03 p.m. in the 900 block of West Hamilton Avenue: A suspect was involved in an argument with an employee when he suddenly grabbed her and threw her down to the ground. The suspect was seen getting into a white Ford F150. He was arrested at 7:15 p.m. in the 100 block of West Rincon Avenue and admitted to the assault. 8:24 p.m. at Salmar and Hamilton avenues: A man, 55, was stopped for a vehicle code violation. During contact, he showed signs of alcohol intoxication. He was found to be DUI and arrested. 1:59 a.m. at Campbell Avenue and Highway 17: A woman, 56, was stopped for a vehicle code violation. She was found to be in possession of a meth pipe and cited. 400 block of...
    Celebrity birthdays for the week of Feb. 7-13 Feb. 7: Saxophonist Brian Travers of UB40 is 62. Comedian Robert Smigel (Triumph the Insult Comic Dog) is 61. Actor James Spader is 61. Country singer Garth Brooks is 59. Keyboardist David Bryan of Bon Jovi is 59. Comedian Chris Rock is 56. Actor Jason Gedrick (“Windfall,” ″Boomtown”) is 54. Actor Essence Atkins (“Half and Half,” ″Smart Guy”) is 49. Guitarist Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit is 46. Bassist Tom Blankenship of My Morning Jacket is 43. Actor Ashton Kutcher is 43. Actor Tina Majorino (“Napoleon Dynamite,” ″Veronica Mars”) is 36. Actor Deborah Ann Woll (“True Blood”) is 36. Feb. 8: Composer-conductor John Williams is 89. ABC News anchor Ted Koppel is 81. Actor Nick Nolte is 81. Comedian Robert Klein is 79. Actor-guitarist Creed Batton (“The Office”) (The Grass Roots) is 78. Actor Brooke Adams is 72. Actor Mary Steenburgen is...
    February 2021 has just begun and there are some interesting movies and series releasing on OTT platforms like Netflix, ZEE5 and Amazon Prime. Talking about the biggest release of the film is John David Washington and Zendaya’s Malcolm & Marie which is all set to premiere on Netflix on Feb 5. Helmed by Sam Levinson, the film has the two stars playing a couple and going by its trailer looks like it explores the nature of modern-day relationships. Speaking about the Indian releases, it is Kunal Kohli’s directorial Lahore Confidential which is a cross-border romantic drama which is coming to ZEE5 on Feb 4. The film stars Richa Chadha, Karishma Tanna and Arunoday Singh in the titular role. I&B Ministry to Issue Fresh Guidelines for OTT Platforms, Informs Union Minister Prakash Javadekar Anup Soni and Paoli Dam’s suspense-thriller Raat Baaki Hai looks promising too going by its trailer and the movie is arriving on ZEE5...
    Dinner and a show Broadway performer and former San Jose resident Aaron Albano is hosting an online cooking class with Playful People Productions this month, where foodies and theater fans can come together for dinner and a show. The virtual event will take place Sunday, Feb. 28 4- 6 p.m. Participants can cook along with Albano as he prepares one of his favorite dishes—chicken adobo. He’ll also perform music from his Broadway repertoire, which includes shows like “Hamilton” and “Newsies.” Registration is $50 at playfulpeople.org. Vaccination information Santa Clara County is providing free COVID-19 vaccines to all residents ages 65 and older who cannot get vaccinated through Kaiser Permanente, Stanford Health or Palo Alto Medical Foundation, as well as everyone who works in health care. Immigration status does not preclude anyone from receiving the vaccine. For more information on where to obtain a vaccine, visit SCCfreevax.org. VTA service changes...
    Black history event Sunnyhills Neighborhood Association’s new board member, Demetress Morris, will be the keynote speaker Feb. 6 at 9 a.m. for a virtual version of Sunnyhills Black History Month Kickoff. Morris heads up the Flame Keepers and is a former city council candidate. She has served on the Milpitas Planning Commission and on the School Site Council and Community Advisory Board for Milpitas Unified School District. RSVP to info@sunnyhillsneighborhood.org. Virtual events for older adults Bay Area Older Adults is hosting a couple free virtual programs in February for adults age 50 and older. A Lunch and Learn at Monte Bello Preserve is set for Feb. 18, noon-1 p.m. On an interactive educational tour hosted in partnership with Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, participants will learn about amphibians, reptiles and mushrooms that can be found at this preserve. The program also includes a four-mile virtual hike up White Oak...
    League earns service medal Assistance League of Los Gatos-Saratoga was recently awarded a service medal by Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian for its continuing efforts to keep students engaged in science and technology while distance learning during the pandemic. The league provided 34,000 STEM kits for 8,000 students in the Campbell Union School District to complete several different projects at home with guidance from their teachers. Virtual events for older adults Bay Area Older Adults is hosting a couple free virtual programs in February for adults age 50 and older. A Lunch and Learn at Monte Bello Preserve is set for Feb. 18, noon-1 p.m. On an interactive educational tour hosted in partnership with Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, participants will learn about amphibians, reptiles and mushrooms that can be found at this preserve. The program also includes a four-mile virtual hike up White Oak Trail in search...
    No Love Notes Since 2010, those who come to Saratoga Village looking for Valentine’s Day gifts have gotten a little extra love in their shopping experience from businesses displaying messages of encouragement and affection in their windows. This year, though, the COVID-19 pandemic has put the kibosh on the annual Love Notes project. In an email, event coordinator Jill Hunter said that not enough Village businesses are open to display the notes, and there’s not enough foot traffic passing by to read them. Also, the students from St. Andrews, the Village Preschool, Kirk House Preschool and Saratoga Community Preschool who usually write most of the notes aren’t in the classroom to do so. Hunter added that anyone who’s compelled to write a love note can display it in the tunnel in front of the former site of Blue Rock Shoot on Big Basin Way. The Love Notes project began...
    League earns service medal Assistance League of Los Gatos-Saratoga was recently awarded a service medal by Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian for its continuing efforts to keep students engaged in science and technology while distance learning during the pandemic. The league provided 34,000 STEM kits for 8,000 students in the Campbell Union School District to complete several different projects at home with guidance from their teachers. El Camino a nursing magnet El Camino Health’s hospitals in Los Gatos Mountain View have been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for nursing excellence and quality patient care. El Camino Health recently received the ANCC’s Magnet Designation for the fourth consecutive time. Only 8 percent of hospitals in the country have Magnet designation, and fewer than 1 percent are four-time designees. El Camino Health is one of 41 original Magnet hospitals. Independent research has shown that Magnet-designated facilities consistently deliver better results for patients...
    Youth essay contest Seventh- and eighth-graders in Cupertino have until Feb. 10 to enter an essay contest hosted by the city and Cupertino Rotary. Participants in the inaugural “Drafting Cupertino’s Future” essay contest will write to city officials and describe what change they would make in Cupertino. The contest is designed to give students the opportunity to reflect on the role of local elected officials and city staff. Essays should reflect not only students’ ideas for improving their community but how they would implement those ideas. Contest entrants must live in the 95014 ZIP code. Essays must be original, unpublished and written by the student. Entries of 350-500 words are encouraged. Each essay—only one per student—must be accompanied by an official entry form, available at www.cupertino.org/home/showpublisheddocument?id=28751. All essays must be submitted to teenapplications@cupertino.org by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10. Contest winners will be announced in early March and ...
    Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 6 Jan. 31: Composer Philip Glass is 84. Actor Stuart Margolin (“The Rockford Files”) is 81. Actor Jessica Walter (“Arrested Development”) is 80. Bluesman Charlie Musselwhite is 77. Actor Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul,” ″Breaking Bad”) is 74. Actor Glynn Turman (“The Wire,” ″A Different World”) is 74. Singer Harry Wayne Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band is 70. Singer John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) of the Sex Pistols is 65. Actor Anthony LaPaglia (“Without a Trace,” ″Murder One”) is 62. Actor Kelly Lynch is 62. Singer-guitarist Lloyd Cole is 60. Actor Paulette Braxton (“The Parkers,” ″In The House”) is 56. Bassist Al Jaworski of Jesus Jones is 55. Actor Minnie Driver is 51. Actor Portia de Rossi (“Arrested Development,” ″Ally McBeal”) is 48. Comedian Bobby Moynihan (“Saturday Night Live”) is 44. Actor Kerry Washington (“Scandal,” ″Ray”) is 44. Singer Justin Timberlake...
    District seeks oversight The Saratoga Union School District continues to seek applicants to serve on the Measure B Oversight Committee for the 2020-2021 school year. Committee members are tasked with helping the district maintain accountability and transparency with all Measure B expenditures. The Independent Oversight Committee annually reviews the district’s compliance with the terms of Measure B. The committee is designed to include parents and guardians as well as Saratoga community members. Applications will be accepted through March 1. For more information and to apply, visit the district website at www.saratogausd.org, or email aschaumburg@saratogausd.org to obtain the application. Valentine’s concerts A Russian pianist who’s a familiar face to classical music fans in the West Valley is playing two Valentine’s concerts online. On Feb. 13-14 Katya Grineva, known for her romantic repertoire, will play a program including works by Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Schuman, Liszt, Beethoven and a special rendition of...
    Valentine’s concerts A Russian pianist who’s a familiar face to classical music fans in the West Valley is playing two Valentine’s concerts online. On Feb. 13-14 Katya Grineva, known for her romantic repertoire, will play a program including works by Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Schuman, Liszt, Beethoven and a special rendition of Gershwin’s “Embraceable You.” In addition to Carnegie Hall, Grineva has played local venues like Saratoga’s Montalvo Arts Center, and has performed several benefit concerts for South Bay nonprofit Cancer CAREpoint. Concerts are set for Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. and Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 at katyagrineva.com. Student Leaders wanted Civic-minded high school students in the South Bay have until Jan. 29 to apply for Bank of America’s Student Leaders program, which offers paid summer internships at local nonprofits. BofA selects five community-driven high school juniors and seniors in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties to...
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