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Christmas in the Park IS BEING EXTENDED THROUGH JANUARY 7, 2018.

Volunteer Opportunities If you would like to get involved in the community and volunteer some of your time and talent, Christmas in the Park could use your help. We have a variety of volunteer positions that include working in our warehouse to get our displays ready for our event, helping at the park on November 18th for our final workday before we open, assisting guests at the park during the event, and much more. See what opportunities are open and sign-up now. Check back to see new listings as they are posted.

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Dining with Bella! Sushi Confidential Campbell, California Breakfast Sushi. That’s right! There is such a thing, Virginia, and it’s glorious. For several Sunday’s now, we’ve been having brunch in Campbell. First we walk the Farmer’s Market for as long as I can stand it. The Market takes place on Campbell Ave. between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and it’s just filled with fun and interesting booths selling all kinds of things in addition to fresh fruits and vegetables. However, it’s crowded and sometimes hard to navigate. Between random groups of people stopping in the walkway to chat and the ubiquitous Mom’s and Dad’s using their strollers like some kind of today’s version of Death Race 2000, it’s all I can do to make it two blocks. Before I sound too much like a curmudgeon or harridan let me move on to our raison d’etre today. We stumbled into Sushi Confidential one fine Sunday after a few blocks of the Farmer’s Market. It was a warm day and the restaurant was cool. I, frankly, had thought my companion had lost his mind when he suggested it because it wasn’t even close to lunch time. The décor is standard sushi restaurant, but has outdoor seating and a small, nifty little bar. We sat at the bar and were greeted and provided menus. Low and behold they have a brunch menu from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. I was initially worried I was going to have to eat sashimi or California role and the thought of Roe for breakfast wasn’t what I was looking for then or ever, really. They have a bottomless Mimosa for 12.00. Bloody Mary’s are 7.00. Hmm, this didn’t sound too bad!

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They have a Bacon and Egg roll: Scrambled eggs, bacon, rice, toasted bread crumbs, maple syrup wrapped with soy paper (5 pcs) for 6.00. They also have an Breakfast RSM Roll: Sweet egg, avocado and bacon, baked with spicy spy sauce, topped with unagi sauce, green onions (8 pcs) for 8.00. I have had both and they are delicious. Because I’d already had a Bloody Mary or two…I thought the next thing to try was the Stuffed French Toast Roll: Bananas, cream cheese wrapped in soy paper. Deep fried with sweet cream pancake batter, topped with maple syrup and powdered sugar. (5 pcs) 6.00. I was in heaven with this dish. It ticked all the ‘I’m supposed to be watching my weight, but its Sunday and I don’t care” boxes. My companion swears by the Smoked Salmon Spread: with cream cheese, wasabi, topped on a bagel, served with assorted fruit, $7. He also orders Unagi, so yes; you can get all the regular menu items as well. The only negative thing I can think of with this restaurant is that we always sit at the bar and I always have to ask for it to be wiped down. Black Granite shows dirt if the light is shining on it. My guess is that the bartenders aren’t seeing it in the right light. Still when I ask for it to be wiped down, they always do it graciously.


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I recommend you try it, especially if you are going to walk through the Farmer’s Market. You are going to need that Mimosa/Bloody Mary afterwards!

Chao, Bella


TheatreWorks. 650/903-6000;]; Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People (Oct 20-Nov 12) is a tale of an altruistic man undermined by people concerned with profit [Mountain View: Pear Theatre. 650/254-1148]; and Mom’s Gift (Oct 27-Nov 19) is the story of a deceased mother who shows up at her husband’s birthday party as a ghost with a mission [San Jose: Tabard Theatre Company. 408/979-0231].

There is plenty going on in October, and we are sharing some of our top picks. For a complete calendar, see our October link or, for a full guide to the area, visit RENAISSANCE ADVENTURES Renaissance-era adventures abound at the Northern California Renaissance Faire (weekends thru Oct 15)—witness full-contact jousting, peruse the marketplace, eat meaty turkey legs, drink hearty ale, and check out the Celtic Rock Concert Series every Saturday night (free with admission). Attend the event in traditional costume or rent one there. For schedule visit

MUSIC, MAESTRO, PLEASE! Symphony Silicon Valley raises its baton this season with a Europeanstyle roster of guest conductors and an all-encompassing method to programming, with October concerts including Dvorak’s Slavonik Dances and Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90 (Oct 21-22) and the music of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Oct 27-29) [San Jose: 408/286-2600;]

ON STAGE Silicon Valley may be the tech mecca, but there are plenty of culturally-rich events happening in the area to round things out, including staged productions by professional performing arts companies. Here’s a sample of what’s in store in the way of theater this month: Stupid F@cking Bird (thru Oct 15) offers a contemporary riff on Chekhov’s The Seagull [San Jose: City Lights Theater Company. 408/295-4200;]; Tony award-winning Peter and the Starcatcher (thru Oct 8) upends the century-old story of how an orphan boy becomes Peter Pan [San Jose: Tabard Theatre Company. 408/979-0231]; in Hand to God (thru Oct 15), Tyrone is a ruthless spewer of truth bringing Southern religion-ism to its knees, and he's also a demon-possessed Christian Ministry puppet [San Jose: San Jose Stage Company. 408/283-7142;]; a blind woman becomes the target of three con-men searching for a doll filled with diamonds in Wait Until Dark (thru Oct 29) [Half Moon Bay: Coastal Repertory Theatre. 650/569-3266]; The Rocky Horror Show (Oct 31-Nov 4) is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies [San Jose: 408/283-7142;]; The Prince of Egypt (Oct 6-Nov 5) is a dazzling production of the story of Moses and Ramses [Mountain View:


THINGS TO DO The Shark Tank gets an actual shark tank By SAL PIZARRO | | Bay Area News Group

The Shark Tank finally has an actual shark tank. The bad news is that the most likely way the average fan will see it is on the Animal Planet show, “Tanked.” The 2,000-gallon saltwater aquarium — with a dozen small sharks and about 30 other fish — was unveiled Thursday as the centerpiece of the new BMW Lounge at SAP Center. The 6,000-square foot VIP area is a $4 million overhaul of the Grill at SAP restaurant, and Sharks Chief Operating Officer John Tortora expects it to provide an “elevated experience” for fans. “Other venues throughout the NHL and the NBA have these types of experiences, and we felt that was missing here,” said Tortora, who expects the lounge to attract everyone from hard-core fin heads to corporate customers aiming to impress a client. Like our Sharks Facebook page for more San Jose Sharks news, commentary and conversation.

It does sound pretty impressive. BMW Lounge tickets include seats in the first three rows of the lower bowl and access to the high-end hangout with a full bar and food stations, with complimentary food and drink before and during games. SAP Center Executive Chef Craig Coe has been cooking up exclusive menus with a lot more than your regular arena fare. (Think pork belly with an apple compote and blueberry sauce or shots of cinnamon-roasted butternut squash soup.) Other perks include a semi-private entrance, concierge service and comped parking — and, of course, exclusive viewing of the shark tank.

The 17-foot long aquarium is filled with teal-tinged decor, with Sharks logos, hockey sticks and a goalie mask reminding the aquatic entertainers they’re not in the ocean anymore. There’s even a mini version of the Sharks head that the players skate out from every game. Designed and installed by Las Vegasbased Acrylic Tank Manufacturing, it’ll be featured on an episode of the Animal Planet series, “Tanked,” this fall. For budding marine biologists, the species in the tank include epaulette sharks, horned sharks, bamboo sharks and even a catshark. They’re all really little guys right now, but they’ll grow to be about 3 feet long, much bigger than the tangs, triggerfish and other fish in the aquarium. At Thursday’s unveiling, though, mascot S.J. Sharkie dwarfed them all. Fans with BMW Lounge tickets will get their first chance to see it at the Sharks first preseason game Sept. 19. A grand opening celebration will take place before the home opener against Philadelphia on Oct. 4. Fans will also get a look at another part of the sponsorship deal with BMW: A showroom at SAP Center featuring the latest BMW models. So what’s all this going to cost? A lot. BMW Loungelevel seats start at $300 per game — that’s $13,200 for the season — and bump up to $500 for the seats right on the glass. And while there are only a total of 400 tickets at the new level — and they’ve been going fast — some have been held back for singlegame purchase when tickets go on sale Friday morning.



A visit with the undead: Great America’s zombies, uh, speak out By team Our fearless reporter Angela Hill decided to commune with the undead. She emerged unscathed with this report:

“Hey, I’m a jester, OK? See the hat? The bells? I’m a jester. NOT A CLOWN!” Giggles squeaks through gritted and blood-stained teeth. Sorry, dude. Chill out. But fear not. Or rather, go ahead and fear, because this threatening throng will be roaming loose at the Santa Clara theme park’s annual creep fest, opening Friday night and scaring the bejesus out of people on Friday-Sunday through Oct. 29. Now in its 10th year, the event offers more haunted mazes, music, mystery and mayhem than ever.


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Upon approach, all seems deceptively calm. Eerily restful. Dare I say … normal. Yet as I enter the forlorn and frightening hallways of Madame Marie’s Massacre Manor — one of several severed-from-reality mazes at Great America’s Halloween Haunt — feeble flames from faux gas lamps flutter in the gloom. Muddled shapes and scenes loom large as my eyes adjust, revealing tattered walls, voodoo dolls and chandeliers made of human bones. Suddenly, out of nowhere (actually, from the makeup trailer, but pretend I didn’t tell you that) a gaggle of ghouls emerges. The Madame herself leads the way, sweeping in on a stormy cloud of black taffeta and dark intentions (she has a penchant for turning the wayward into garden fertilizer). She’s accompanied by an armless, decaying zombie, a classic witch, a doomed-yet-defiant conspiracy theorist (think Richard Dreyfuss in “Close Encounters”) and a bloodthirsty and disturbingly perky clown named Giggles.

What: One of the Bay Area’s premier fright fests is returning with its haunted mazes, including Zombie High, Wax Museum Chamber of Horrors, Roadkill Road House, CornStalkers, Madame Marie’s Massacre Manor and Toy Factory; plus live entertainment from Blood Drums, Nytewalkers and Sideshow. New for 2017: The Demon Re-ignited — the venerable roller coaster brings back its lights, fog, music and blood-red waterfall just for the season. The new Chaos House is providing mystifying special effects, the Backwoods maze leads guests to a deserted cabin through a werewolf-filled forest and scare zones have been reincarnated into Jester Town, Underworld Alley and Feary Tales. Details: Runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 29. Tickets are $30$110;



Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office: 650-903-6000 | November 2017 EVENTS TheatreWorks Silicon Valley The Prince of Egypt Music and Lyrics by Stephan Schwartz October 6 - November 5 Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 7:30 pm Thursdays & Fridays at 8 pm Saturdays at 2 & 8 pm Sundays at 2 & 7 pm

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A soaring celebration of the human spirit, The Prince of Egypt features a dazzling, multi-ethnic cast in one of the greatest stories ever told: the saga of Moses and Ramses, his Pharaoh brother, and the indomitable people who changed them both forever. Inspired by the beloved DreamWorks Animation film and featuring a score that includes the Academy Award-winning “When You Believe” by the composer and lyricist of Wicked, this breathtaking journey of faith and family is the must-see event of the season. Peninsula Youth Theatre Stories on Stage: Pinocchio Friday, November 3 at 9:30 am, 11 am, and 12:30 pm Saturday, November 4 at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm The classic tale of a little wooden puppet who yearns to become a real boy comes to life in this charming stage adaptation by Will Huddleston. Based on the book by Carlo Collodi. Peninsula Youth Theatre A Christmas Story: The Musical Saturday, November 11 at 2 and 7:30 pm Sunday, November 12 at 1 pm Saturday, November 18 at 2 and 7:30 pm Sunday, November 19 at 1 pm Schooltime Shows: Thursday, November 16 at 9:30 am Friday, November 17 at 9:30 am Ralphie Parker, desirous of an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle for Christmas, plots ways to ensure that Santa will make his dreams come true. The movie comedy and ‘40s nostalgia bonanza gets songs by Pasek and Paul, the Academy Award-winning team from “La La Land” who created “Dear Evan Hansen.” Access Fund REEL ROCK 12 Monday, November 13 at 7 pm This November, get ready for climbing’s greatest stories, stars and sends. REEL ROCK 12 premieres five new short films that will deliver heart-thumping action, big laughs and pure inspiration. Featuring Margo Hayes, the first woman to climb 5.15; Brad Gobright, an up-and-coming free soloist with a donut addiction; and more. This performance is suitable for ages 12 and up due to mature language. The performance is 2 hours long with a 20 minute intermission.

We’re thrilled to announce that Frontier Airlines is Mineta San Jose International Airport’s (SJC) newest start-up carrier. An ultra-low-cost airline, Frontier will offer nonstop flights to four cities. Denver flights start October 5th, and Las Vegas begins November 1st, with tickets on sale at Austin and first-ever nonstop service to San Antonio from SJC are expected to begin in 2018. Frontier’s entry to San Jose marks 16 airlines and 42 nonstop destinations.

Four New Nonstop Cities for Alaska Airlines - Austin, Dallas-Love Field, Los Angeles and Tucson Alaska Airlines continues its commitment to San Jose as a focus city with plans for four new nonstop routes. Austin and Tucson - start August 28 Alaska will launch daily service to Tucson, a new destination for SJC, and Austin beginning August 28th. LAX and Dallas - begin September 20 and February 16 The carrier will also start four flights daily to Los Angeles (LAX) on September 20, and is already planning for 2018 with new service to DallasLove Field on February 16. With these new routes, Alaska will offer 19 nonstop destinations, the largest number of nonstop markets among all SJC carriers. Silicon Valley travelers are the winners here with first-ever service to Tucson, and more airline choices and flight times to Austin, LAX and Dallas. Visit for bookings and information.




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Courtesy is easy to use, attainable to everyone, and costs nothing. Courtesy does not require:  An advanced degree.  A steady paycheck.  A prestigious address.  A title.  A certain age.  A particular environment. Workplace Courtesy Quiz: How do you rate? 1. T F I make sure to smile while I’m on the job. 2. T F I often say “Please” and “Thank you.” 3. T F I rarely use foul language at work. 4. T F I always ask before I borrow something from a coworker. 5. T F I try to avoid work gossip. 6. T F I always keep my word—verbal, email, online. 7. T F I try to be aware of others: holding the elevator, limiting speaker phone, stepping aside for others, keeping my voice down. 8. T F I arrive on time to work, meetings, and lunch dates. Conducting yourself in a courteous manner will help you gain more respect from others, help you stand out as someone who has good judgement and a positive attitude, and make you more likeable. Go ahead and spread a little courtesy. Do it because it’s who you want to and because we need more of it!

An employee’s appearance, attitude, and behavior directly reflects the company’s reputation and image. Rosalinda Randall focuses on communicating and interacting more effectively with a lot less drama. Website: Book: “Don’t Burp in the Boardroom” Twitter: @rosalindatweets Office: 650.871.6200 Email: © 2017 Rosalinda Oropeza Randall


Saturday, October 14, 2017 Put on your party hats and head to The PIER to celebrate PIER 39’s 39th Birthday! From 5-10pm, enjoy roving glowin-the-dark entertainment, music with DJ Pauly Paul, a silent disco, a live performance by “The Party Crashers” and more! Here is the schedule of events for our Celebration: 4 – 10 PM: CocaCola Zero In Experience






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CONTRIBUTORS TO VALLEY ACCESS E-MAGAZINE Dining with Bella Karen Gastaldo, Calendar Editor Discover Silicon Valley Magazine Stacee Novelli, Santana Row Concierge Lee Kopp, Mountain View Center of Performing Arts SVCA Web-site

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