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09 WONDERFUL WITCHY WOMEN with a Cause Remodel Case p3

This dazzling luncheon at the Fairmont quickly becomes a heartfelt tear-jerker as you hear the stories from young ladies who have been helped during previous years.


Gone but not forgotten, an Almaden Resident is remembered for his kindness to friends, as well as animals, by a longtime friend who carries his memory.

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Almaden Chiropractic & Wellness p18 Almaden Physical Therapy p14 BEST p9



hanks to all who braved the heat and attended the Almaden Art & Wine Festival. The AVWC outdid themselves. As Fall arrives, so does the colder weather, but also the holidays starting with Halloween. There are many upcoming events to enjoy and a couple are featured in this issue, benefitting great causes. Additionally Gifts for Teens (page 9) is a charity looking for Almaden volunteers this holiday season, as they work to improve the lives of teens who are challenged with low income households or even homelessness. Without local business support, our wonderful sought-after neighborhood would not be able to benefit from their own publication. Be sure to thank the businesses advertising by bringing them your business. I have often been told that because Almaden has no downtown, this publication brings people together in other ways, and introduces many to new friends in the community. I would like to see that momentum continue. I want to extend a warm welcome to four new advertisers this issue and I hope their businesses flourish: Cupertino Plumbing, MISSION:Fitness, Spaces by Juliana and Stay & Play Pet Sitting. Have a safe Halloween and hope to see you at one of the events.


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SVC’s Fire & Ice Ball p16

So many people watch housewives from other communities on television programs, but we think 95120 housewives surpass the ‘reality’ television shows, and we are now showcasing one each issue. This issue meet Alison van Diggelen.

17 BIZ REVIEW: JUSTIN’S CATERING Justin’s Catering has amazing cuisine to offer their customers either at your home, business, or their spacious and trendy facility available for rent for parties and work events both large and small.


KAT wows the audience at the Almaden Art & Wine Festival.

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Savings: Justin’s Catering p17, Tacos Al Pastor p22, Bogey’s Pizza p20


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y MISSION:Fitness boot camp for women is unique. MISSION:Fitness Boot Camp is a four week, outdoor, core strengthening and conditioning program for women. Whether you’re a beginner, already in great shape, or an athlete, women of all fitness levels are capable of incredible results. In fact, I find the diversity in class works especially well, as the women bond and encourage each other, and strive for their personal best. We scale loads (weights) and intensity to make it the perfect workout for everyone, regardless of age or experience! MFBC is a one hour, daily program that will transform you, whether your goals are fat loss, gaining strength, increasing endurance, or simply getting in the best shape of your life. Workouts include a mixture of endurance and strength building exercises. You will lose bodyfat and see increased stamina, flexibility, power, coordination, and agility! Everyday is different, and each workout will have new challenges that will keep you progressing, and consistently be the most fun you’ve had while getting in shape. Women who participate in MISSION:Fitness boot camp are prepared for any physical situation. They become stronger, leaner, faster, better able to enjoy the sports and activities they love without being afraid of injury or deep fatigue. They are simply more comfortable in their own skin! My clients are women who want to get in great shape! Workouts consist of personalized group training sessions where you will be monitored and motivated throughout every class. My MISSION:Fitness boot camps provide a tremendous daily workout in a supportive, non-competitive, motivational environment, great instruction, soreness ;-), body fat testing, and help with nutritional planning. I don’t know if fun and difficult normally go together, but that definitely applies to us!

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Wonderful Witchy Women with a Cause


ilicon Valley’s Bella Vista League is enthusiastically preparing for its 10th annual “Silver Jubilee” Wonderful Witchy Women With a Cause fundraising event. The 55 women strong organization, led by founder Cheryl Bailey, and including members from Los Gatos, Saratoga, Campbell, Almaden and even Portola Valley, is dedicated to raising recordbeating funds in support of this year’s chosen local charities: The Heritage Home serves struggling, unwed mothers and their newborn infants. Heritage Home provides a safe environment and instruction of life and parenting skills to help ensure a stable and productive future to single mothers and their children. The Culinary Academy at Rebekah Children’s Services is a no-cost, hands-on vocational training program for disadvantaged youth in Santa Clara County. The Culinary Academy provides sheltered, supportive instruction that enables students to develop life skills and vocational competencies, creating pathways for career opportunities, employment, and a successful transition to adulthood.

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The Silicon Valley Children’s Fund is committed to improving educational and life outcomes for foster youth. We offer scholarships and direct mentorship support to ensure that our foster youth graduate high school and are able to pursue a higher education and the career path they desire. Cheryl Bailey was inspired during a sermon years ago to help the less fortunate in our community. Her first event was a fundraising luncheon during the Halloween season where women donned lovely and creative witch hats while joining for a common cause. The event has grown from 20 to over 550 attendees with great creative expression through witch hats, making this event a visual stand out and much fun for the donors. However, the hats are not to overshadow the significance of the event as personal stories are shared by the charities and a chosen beneficiary while attendees learn first hand the value of their contributions. Bella Vista League has raised over 1.5 million dollars for local charities in the past 9 years. There is no other event like this anywhere in the world.

The women of Bella Vista League, united in the desire to help their community, are grateful for the appreciation of their dedication as the event continues to grow and the bonds they share in their sisterhood.

The Bella Vista League’s 10th Annual Wonderful Witchy Women with a Cause Luncheon Please join us this year in helping others as we present: Where: When: Time: Attire:

The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose October 30, 2015 10:30am - 2:00pm An open heart, a smile and a WITCH HAT or other Halloween hat

For more information or to make a donation, please contact Cheryl at Beneficiaries:

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Performing Arts

A Youth’s Brave Solo Performance at the Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival by Kat Black I am Kat Black on the stage (stage name) and Kat Lernihan as an aspiring artist. Ever since I can remember I had always wanted to be a famous, but accomplished musician. When I was in the seventh grade I sat down with my mother and told her that I had wanted to pursue my dream to be a musician. The only thing she asked me was “what instrument are you going to play?” I started guitar lessons the first week of January 2009 and have never put it down. I have recently (almost a year ago) started piano lessons with a wonderful tutor and family friend. I’m a huge fan of classic rock and roll and the blues. From the Eagles to Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones all the way back to the beautiful roots of Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Albert King, and many others. I have to say I’m addicted to the music. My friends tell me I was born in the wrong era and they may be right, but I am taking every opportunity to keep the music alive.

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I am always listening to music and finding new artists that inspire me each day. I love to study the artists that inspire me by reading their stories and learning of their struggles. And they all have traveled some incredible journeys to create the music. All you have to do is listen to the words and you will understand what was taking place during that snap shot of history. I try my hardest to accomplish the goals that I set for myself and life is so short, why not fill it with challenges and dreams that could come true if you work hard enough. My dream is to try to be like the artists that I love. I want to learn from them, be a part of them, and create music that will be Kat Black’s music. And each time I perform, a piece of them will be with me on stage. Hopefully, one day, my dreams will be a reality, but for now it’s play, practice, and perform. Just listen to the music.


Photo: Sample of his and her gift bags assembled during the holiday for teens and a jacket.

Volunteers Wanted


Gifts for Teens

ifts for Teens is a community action project supported by AAUW San Jose, (American Association of University Women). Community volunteers along with AAUW provide the holiday gifts for 1300 low income and homeless San Jose teenagers. GFT wants to thank the Scottish Rite Foundation for the donation of the working space. There is ample room for us to organize our gift items, and then to fill the bags. The Center is conveniently located off Hwy 87, Curtner and Canoas Garden. The address is 2455 Masonic Drive, San Jose, 95125. We are excited about this nice site and truly appreciate the generosity of the Scottish Rite Center in allowing us to use their building in December. Gifts for Teens will prepare gifts and fill bags during the first two weeks in December. We would love to have volunteers from our Almaden neighborhood. Volunteers needed: Gift bags with practical items (flash drives, gift cards for shoes, blankets, personal care, school supplies, etc.) will be assembled the first two weeks in December and we can use helpers each day. To fill bags, contact, to sign up for a date and time.

Quotes from homeless and needy low-income teen recipients of Gifts for Teens bags – December 2014. (Let’s make this year even better!) “I really enjoyed what was in my bag, especially the hoodie and fleece blanket.” “These bags are awesome, all the stuff I need including the bag itself!” “When I opened my bag, it felt like whoever made it knew me personally!” “The bags were perfect; a place to keep my things. Thank You.” “I have never gotten this many presents in my life!” “God bless your hearts.” Homeless girl: “I never imagined how many good people with such big hearts would come my way.” From a homeless guy: “My favorite part are the shoes because I got to pick what I wanted.” “How amazing; God bless you guys!”

Donations needed: Deductible Cash Donations: Gifts for Teens, mailed to 1165 Minnesota Ave. San Jose, CA, 95125 or contact or visit the website at Major donors: Sharks Foundation, Los Gatos History Club, SD Trombetta Foundation, Almaden Valley Women’s Club, Almaden Valley Singles, AAUW, SanDisk, Meriwest Credit Union, Hitachi, Cisco Systems, Whole Foods Blossom Hill, Archbishop Mitty H.S., Presentation H.S., Leland H.S., Bret Harte, Notre Dame H.S., Scottish Rite San Jose, & individuals.

Kathy Heihn, Gifts for Teens Treasurer and Elaine Benoit, founder, at the Scottish Rite Event Center

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July 2, 1917 – September 10, 2015

Jim Green


ong time Almaden resident James Clarence “JC” “Jim” Green took his last trail ride into the sky on Thursday, September 10, 2015. Born July 2, 1917 and raised in Arkansas with two brothers and two sisters, he took off west as a young man and came to Los Gatos, Ca., where he worked as a carpenter in his early years, building many homes in The Valley and even helping to build Mt. Umunhum Observatory. He later put roots down in Almaden, building a home for himself and his wife of 60 years, Coleen, in 1968. They were there together when he passed peacefully, at home on his ranch in the pastoral hills above Old Almaden. It was on that ranch in the Almaden Hills that Jim spent his adult life pushing his cows and working his horses, getting them ready for the famous 100-mile Tevis Ride across the Sierras from Truckee to Auburn. Jim attempted Tevis 13 times and finished 11 times, earning his 1000 mile belt buckle in 1988. In 1984 he led a group of his grandchildren and close friends through Tevis with 9 out of 10 finishing, 3 of them his grandchildren. Jim ended every Tevis ride with more in his group than at the start, picking up stragglers and guiding them to the finish. Jim was always about helping others get through an endurance ride, whether it was Tevis or the many other endurance rides he participated in. He was always there to help, and would give you the shirt off his back. He was never in a hurry but always wanted to finish. “To finish is to win” was definitely a motto he adopted. If he wasn’t working his cows or horses, he was helping others work theirs. When gathering cows for his friends he was the one sent to the highest hill tops to bring the cows down. That’s because his Arabian horses never got tired. He used to joke privately about how those fat quarter horses couldn’t keep up with his Arabian athletes. Jim said we were getting two important things done when gathering cows: helping friends and giving the horses a good workout. He was the best horseman I’ve ever met, always passing along his expertise and ideas whether you wanted to hear them or not.

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One of his favorite things to do at the end of a long day of gathering the cows or working the endurance horses, was to ride over to what used to be the Calero Inn by Calero Reservoir, tie up the horses and have a cold beer and a cheeseburger, claiming they had the best burgers in town. Some of the best years of Jim’s riding life were on his long time partner Little Dude, a purebred Arabian that he raised himself. Little Dude carried him through Tevis for 6 of his finishes. Jim was proud to show people how he taught Little Dude to jump in and out of a pickup truck. When he first told me about it, I didn’t believe him. But I’ll be damned if he didn’t end up teaching my horse how to do it too! The last year Jim rode Tevis he was 74 years old and had started having blackout spells. He had a spell during that last ride and Little Dude responded by circling around to try and keep Jim in the saddle until I realized what was happening and grabbed him. It was just one of the many examples of the special connection Jim had with animals, as well as with people. I first met Jim Green July 2, 1977. He had heard from his friend Ad Vandenhoogen, that a guy had taken over a business in Almaden who liked to hunt, fish, and ride horses. I remember someone coming to get me to say there was an old cowboy in an old Volkswagen here to see you. I can still see him today standing beside his Volkswagen in that old straw cowboy hat. After talking for awhile, he told me a bunch of guys got together for coffee every morning, and invited me to join them. The next morning I showed up for coffee. There they were, gambling with dollar bills and rolling dice, the loser had to buy coffee and breakfast. If Jim lost, he always went for double or nothing, and generally was pretty lucky. The coffee club consisted of local legends Virl Norton, Richard Vargas, and Ad Vandenhoogen, plus Jim among others. We would meet there for coffee every day for the next 20 years or so. The venue would change, but the group of friends

stayed strong. As time went on, friends would pass away with Jim outliving them all. I learned a lot from this crowd over the years. I learned about cows and horses, hunting and fishing, camping and dancing, friendship and honesty. It was our own private club, and a great bunch of men. Jim liked to tell the story of how his friend once saved his life while he was branding cows at what is now Cinnabar Golf Course. As Jim told the story, he was in a pen separating cows on foot when a bull pinned him in the corner of the pen and was working him over. Jim’s friend jumped in and got the bull off him and lifted Jim over the fence, taking him to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a broken leg. But I can tell you the real story is that I jumped in to save that bull! Even though Jim was down he wasn’t out, and I knew that as soon as Jim recovered he would make bullsh*t out of that bull. Jim became, and up until his passing remained, the oldest member of the Santa Clara County Horseman’s Association. He was constantly working on the grounds and was always trying to get new members to join the Horseman’s Association, as it was one of his favorite organizations. Jim was also a member of the Santa Clara Cattleman’s Association, and Quicksilver Endurance Riders Association. He loved horses, people and parties. The Horseman’s was a great venue for all of these passions. Jim and Coleen were always the first ones to get up and dance at events as Jim loved to dance. Jim had this getalong step that reminded me of a proud rooster running around the hen yard. Jim and Coleen kept an open door policy for friends to come by and visit. Best friends before their passing, Barbara and Gene

Carroll, along with nephew Ron and Ron’s wife Cindy used to love to ride their horses over to the Greens hoping they weren’t home. They would sneak in and drink all his wine and leave a note that he was out of wine. Jim was always trying to pull pranks on people. Especially Barbara and Gene, who would work together to get the best of him. It would end up two against one, because Coleen was too smart to get involved. Jim was always a good sport. When Jim got to where he couldn’t get on his horses anymore he got a 4wheeler. He was having so much fun on his 4wheeler that he got one for Coleen. When he could no longer shift his 4wheeler with his legs, he hooked up a rope shifter to the handle bars. The couple continued to ride their 4wheelers for a year or so, until Coleen got into a bad accident while riding her quad which put her in the hospital. The 4wheelers were confiscated by friends and family. Jim and Coleen were 94 and she 84 at the time. Upon arrival at the hospital with my 94 year old friend Jim to see his wife, I was asked by the doctors and nurses what had happened. When I told them that they were out riding their quads, they looked at me like, “WHAT!?” Jim Green was a hard working man all his life. Up until the age of 82 or so, I would rather have Jim out helping me with ranch duties than anyone else, because you knew he was going to give you a full, hard days work. Jim was a man of his word and his handshake was better than any contract. He was among the last of a dying breed of honest, hardworking, salt of the earth men. I love you, Jim. We all love you. We’ll all miss you. Until we ride again… Skip Lightfoot, Skip’s Tire & Auto Centers

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Main photo below: Alison van Diggelen, Almaden resident as she interviews Meryl Streep. Smaller photo to right: Alison visits the BBC headquarters in Central London.

Housewives of 95120­–

Alison van Diggelen What is your background?

I was born in Scotland and met my husband, Frank, while studying for a Master’s at college in England. While he finished his Ph.D., I worked for an international investment consultancy in Paris and London. We moved to the United States in 1992, first to Colorado and then to California in 1994.

What brought you to Almaden?

Having lived in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with a view of Pikes Peak, Sunnyvale left us flat, so we kept looking further south until we found Almaden Valley: a relatively affordable neighborhood with verdant mountain views, a beautiful creek and hill trails on our doorstep.

Tell us about your family members.

Frank is a VP at Broadcom, and also teaches GPS at Stanford University. He’s from South Africa and runs marathons (for fun!) We enjoy traveling and exploring new cultures together. We have two grown children who got a great education at the Almaden public schools. I’m so grateful to teachers like Leland’s Gay Brasher who has dedicated her tremendous energy and passion to teach the South Bay’s children speech and debate. These are skills that will last a lifetime. Our children are both attending University of California schools in So Cal and pursuing studies in medicine and biotech. Both our kids love sports and the great outdoors.

You have made quite a name for yourself. How did you get into your field?

After taking time off to focus on the children, I decided not to return to the investment field and when the kids were napping, I started to journal about being a Brit in Silicon Valley. I soon landed a Lifestyle column 12 | 95120 Almaden Lifestyle Magazine

in the San Jose Mercury News, and a humorous tech column in Biz Ink. Later, I got a job at the Silicon Valley Business Journal, writing profiles of outstanding business people. I then took a summer job at NPR’s KQED Forum in San Francisco and the program’s host, Michael Krasny, encouraged me to start my own interview series. Fresh Dialogues launched in 2008, and features interviews and commentary about Green Tech, Entrepreneurship and Inspiring Women. I’m eternally grateful to the enthusiastic support of Frank, my Almaden Valley writers group and dear friends, especially Carol Pecora who designed and coded my website. Also, thanks to Dick Henning, Host of Foothill College’s Celebrity Forum, I’ve had the opportunity to interview high profile people like Maureen Dowd, Robert Ballard, Paul Krugman and Tom Friedman. In 2009, I began contributing reports to KQED and Public Radio International; and doing interviews for the Commonwealth Club, Silicon Valley. Last year, the BBC World Service gave me my first tech assignment and I’ve been a regular guest on the radio show, BBC Business Matters since then.

What was your most meaningful interview?

Last year, I interviewed Holocaust survivor Irene Weiss who described her horrific experiences at Auschwitz. She was only 13-years-old at the time and told me that vivid daydreams kept her alive. Irene shared this poignant dream with me:

“There will never be any hate or discrimination after this, because we will tell the world what happened.” If only she were right.

What was your favorite interview?

Elon Musk was the most memorable interview to date. He’s a modern day Thomas Edison: an inventor, a visionary and a huge geek. If you haven’t heard of him yet, Google “Tesla” and “SpaceX.” He’s revolutionizing both electric vehicles and space exploration. During the interview, he really opened up to me and although he has a reputation for being a tough boss, he showed his gentler side. He teared up several times as we discussed the demise of the first electric vehicles and his profound disappointment at NASA’s stalled mission to Mars. We had a good laugh too. He said, “I want to die on Mars... just not on impact.” Martin Sheen was my first celebrity interview, and he was so darned charming and down to earth, telling me how he developed a social conscience while working as a golf caddie and how he thinks we ALL have a duty to protect the environment for our children and our children’s children. At the end of our interview, he said to me, “You’re very brave.” It was fabulous to interview Meryl Streep, since I’m a huge fan. We talked about how becoming a mother made her question where her food came from and inspired her to take a keen interest in the environment. She’d recently played British PM, Margaret Thatcher in the movie “The Iron Lady” and I swear by the end of the interview, she had picked up my accent and had morphed into The Iron Lady. She’s such a chameleon. What a talent!

What do you like best about your career?

I love meeting smart, inspiring people and asking them probing questions about their careers, innovations, and life. Every interview teaches me something new about science, technology and life in general. I get paid to learn. How cool is that? I also love the flexibility of being my own boss. When I need to dial back a bit for the family, I have the freedom to do so. Now that we’re empty nesters, there’ll be almost no stopping me, and I hope to do some more international travel with my work.

What do you enjoy most about living in 95120?

Having Quicksilver Park on our doorstep is such a joy. I love hiking with friends early in the morning when it’s cool; and looking out over our beautiful valley. We’re very fortunate to have nature so close by, and yet all the conveniences of suburbia. I also love how cosmopolitan we are in 95120. It’s like the United Nations. Almaden Yoga is my refuge: a great antidote to the fast pace of life in Silicon Valley. The Almaden Dolphins has been an extended family for us, and now that the kids have graduated, we’ll miss our Dolphin family greatly. 95120 is simply a wonderful place to bring up a family. To learn more about our wonderful Alison van Diggelen, visit: Fresh Dialogues home page: Fresh Dialogues YouTube Channel

Top Photo: Alison van Diggelen at the bike spa at the Yelp Headquarters in San Francisco. Middle Photo: Alison and her husband Frank van Diggelen hiking Pulpit Rock in Norway. Photo to right: Alison van Diggelen interviewing entrepreneur and technology visionary Elon Musk, former Paypal CEO, well known as the CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX. See you online @ | 13

95120legal ease Almaden Lifestyle

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Experienced Care- Close to Home!

Limiting Your Liability


ou’ve decided to start a new business, so the next decision is whether to proceed as a “limited liability” entity, such as a corporation or limited liability company (an “LLC”).

If limiting liability is less of a concern, and keeping costs low is a critical factor, an individual can proceed as a sole proprietor; or if there are two or more of you, as a partnership. However, neither of these options shelter your personal assets from third party claims against the business. To best limit liability in today’s litigious environment, the most common solution is to form a corporation or an LLC. A variety of factors will influence the choice, but here are some factors to consider. First, there are two basic options for corporations -- “C-Corporation” (standard corporation) or “S-Corporation” (which is like a C-Corporation but includes a tax election that allows “pass-through” tax treatment, made pursuant to “Subchapter S” of the Internal Revenue Code). S-Corp advantages: A S-Corporation tax election can eliminate “double tax”: A C-Corporation is taxed at the corporate tax rate, then the shareholder is taxed again when dividends are distributed. Under an S-Corporation, net income and losses are passed through and only taxed at the shareholder level, typically resulting in lower taxes than a C-Corporation. S-Corporation disadvantages: To make this corporate tax election, you must also accept some limitations. None of your shareholders can be corporations, partnerships, certain trusts or non-resident alien individuals. You cannot have more than one class of stock. Allocation of gains and losses must be made only in proportion to ownership. Shareholder meetings and upkeep of corporate records are required and important, just as with a C-Corporation.

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LLC advantages: An LLC allows a number of options an S Corporation does not. Corporations, partnerships, certain trusts and nonresident alien individuals can own interests. There are no limits on the number of members, and there are no limits on the types of classes or series of membership. Gains and losses can be allocated disproportionate to ownership. Also, LLCs are easier to maintain than corporations, with no required annual meetings. LLC disadvantages: LLCs must pay a minimum annual franchise fee (just like corporations), but LLCs may also have to pay an additional graduated fee (in California, up to $11,790) based on gross revenue. This can have more negative tax implications for a company selling expensive, but low margin, products. Also, LLCs are not able to offer certain fringe benefits available under corporations. The annual cost of maintaining any of these limited liability entities, including minimum franchise taxes, can be $1000 or more annually; however, if it keeps you from being personally liable for debts, liabilities and obligations of the business, it might be the best investment you make in your business. The above article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not legal advice, nor does it create an attorney-client or any other relationship. You should always contact an attorney for legal advice applicable to your particular situation.

About legal ease author, and attorney, Jay Landrum Jay Landrum is an attorney specializing in small and emerging businesses. As former General Counsel for a NYSE company, former CEO of a health products company, and founder of, he has extensive experience representing businesses in all stages of operation, including organizational matters, licensing, strategic relationship agreements, fund-raising, and merger transactions. Contact him at or at (408) 246-9100.

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I have both been a guest to events and occasions catered by Justin’s Catering as well as being their customer. Through the years I have been impressed with their professionalism, tasteful entres and friendliness.” – Chrissy Derksen

I was excited to be invited into Justin’s Catering to discuss their marketing, but also get treated to a tangy Asian Chicken Salad, which happens to be one of my favorite lunch options. I enjoy their menu from light perfectly prepared salads with fabulously tasty dressings such as this, to their hearty and deliciously prepared dinners, such as pork or salmon with amazing sauces, sides and soups. Besides their always pleasing fares, the facility itself is spacious and elegant, including meeting rooms and a large bar area. As the name suggests, Justin’s is available to cater any occasion from an intimate family dinner or birthday party in the privacy of your own home to a corporate event for hundreds of attendees. However, if you want to use their location for a private or work party, you will definitely be impressed by the size and ambiance of their well-planned facility. In fact they even have a back room which is perfect for a conference or breakout sessions. The large bar area is great for a sporting event or pre-celebration. Justin’s has even held proms at their venue, as well as formal rehearsal dinners, networking events and parties. They strive to be your one-stop shop and have many happy, long-term returning accounts and customers, which says it all.

Justin’s Catering & Event Productions Offers the Unique Option of Having Their Team Come to Your Location or Providing an Upscale, Large, Meeting Environment for Your Event(s). Justin’s is a Perfect Solution to Plan: • Weddings • Venue Rental • Corporate Catering • Boxed Lunches • Private Home Catering • Exclusive Barbecue Division • Full Bar Service (licensed to serve at any location)

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You can’t get much more traditional than our local diner, Holder’s Country Inn, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Familyowned and operated since 1958. Come in and say hello! Open everyday: 7:00AM - 9:00PM Located next to Bank of America at the intersection of Camden and Almaden.

Now also serving BOBA MILK TEA, DOLE PINEAPPLE YOGURT and SMOOTHIES! We have a wide range of flavors with both fruit toppings and candy toppings. Next to Elegant Nails. Check our facebook. HOURS: Sun-Thurs 12pm-9pm, Fri-Sat. 12pm-9:30pm, 6081 Meridian (LUCKY’S Shopping Center)

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October 17 The Fire and Ice Ball 7:00PM - 12:00AM, New location this year: Fairmont’s Fourth Street Summit Center 88 S. 4th Street, 7th Floor, San Jose, 95113 Enjoy a fun evening with a fantastic meal, silent auction, casino, music & dancing among costumed guests. The purpose of Silicon Valley Cares is to raise funds for non-profit agencies and organizations benefiting children, teens, animals, homeless, as well as crisis situations within the Santa Clara County. The goal is to bring the community together for an evening of entertainment, socializing and compassion. Thanks to our amazing sponsors and attendees.

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95120 Magazine fall issue 2015  

Gifts for Teens is looking for volunteers to help package gifts for homeless teens. Bella Vista League's Wonderful Witchy Women luncheon at...

95120 Magazine fall issue 2015  

Gifts for Teens is looking for volunteers to help package gifts for homeless teens. Bella Vista League's Wonderful Witchy Women luncheon at...