The Bay Area Review December 21, 2018

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South Valley Review

VOL. 2, NO. 22

December 21, 2018

Better at knowing what matters to you Touch-A-Life Foundation Raises $25,000 For Bay Area Homeless Students

Touch-A-Life Foundation, a non-profit

organization to support homeless students, ran its second annual fundraiser gala event to benefit homeless students across the bay area. Backpacks, clothing, sanitation kits, shoes and school supplies are provided to students in need through the McKinney-Vento/Foster Care program liaisons at various local school districts currently in the Bay Area.

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San Jose Jazz Winter Fest 2019 Embarking on the 30th Anniversary of their signature Summer Fest, the iconic Bay Area institution San Jose Jazz kicks off 2019 with dynamic arts programming honoring the jazz tradition and everexpanding definitions of the genre with singular concerts curated for audiences within the heart of Silicon Valley. San Jose Jazz Winter Fest 2019 features some of today’s most distinguished artists alongside leading edge emerging musicians with an ambitious lineup of more than 20 concerts from February 14 - 27, 2019. The Jazz Beyond series, co-curated in partnership with San Jose Jazz and local production house Universal Grammar, presents buzzy young stars pushing the boundaries of jazz, soul and hip-hop and the Next Gen performances showcase top regional student jazz ensembles. Tickets to San Jose Jazz Winter Fest 2019 are now on sale ranging in price from $15 - $38; a Fest Pass is available for $260, and an array of shows at Cafe Stritch are free admission. For detailed ticket information as well as updates on the artists and performance schedule, please visit: About San Jose Jazz Founded in 1986, San Jose Jazz is a public

"Winter Fest has turned into an opportunity to reprise the summer's most exciting acts, while reaching out to new audiences with a jazz-and-beyond sensibility." -KQED Arts benefit corporation celebrating jazz as a dynamic, evolving art form and is producer of the annual San Jose Jazz Summer Fest and Winter

Fest. With its singular music programming and innovative educational offerings, San Jose Jazz preserves the jazz tradition while actively supporting

the next generation of performers within the genre and beyond. For more information, please visit

Thursday, February 14 - Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Downtown San Jose, CA @ The Hammer Theatre, Cafe Stritch, The Continental, and Art Boutiki Tickets: $15(Advance)/$18(Door) - $35(Advance)/$38 (Door); All Concert Fest Pass: $260; Next Gen student ensemble shows are free. (408) 288-7557 Cash and credit accepted at door National Headliners:

Gilles Peterson (DJ Set) Catherine Russell With the SJSU Jazz Orchestra Charles McPherson Anton Schwartz and Kenny Washington Aaron Diehl Bells Atlas La Dame Blanche Tiffany Austin with Leon Joyce, Marcus Shelby and Adam Shulman JC Smith Band All-Star Blues Blowout Featuring Fillmore Slim, Kid Anderson and Rick Estrin The Rad Trads Kathy Kosins SJZ Collective plays Mingus ChĂŠjere Richie Goods

"Next Gen" Bay Area Student Ensembles: San Jose Jazz U19s Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band Folsom High School Jazz Band Berkeley High School Jazz Combo Rio Americano The Inner Circle


Worship Directory First Congregational Church of San Jose United Church of Christ 1980 Hamilton Ave., San Jose, CA 95125 (At the corner of Hamilton and Leigh) (408) 377-7121

We are a progressive, Open and Affirming, welcoming congregation of faithful people who seek to wrestle with scripture, and live out our faith, in the real world. We are far from perfect, but we try to offer as wide a welcome as possible, and invite you to join us on the community path, wherever it takes us. We offer lively, multi-generational worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM (nursery care provided). We have regular educational programs for all ages, children through adults, and a variety of groups and offerings for spiritual development and service. Come check us out and find a community for the journey.

Santa Teresa Hills Presbyterian Church 5370 Snell Ave, San Jose, CA 95123 (2 blocks north of Blossom Hill Rd on Snell) (408) 629-5906 Email:

We are a friendly, progressive, multicultural church striving to understand and apply the teachings of Jesus Christ. All are welcome!! Come visit us and participate in opportunities for spiritual growth, fellowship, and community outreach. We can pursue our faith journeys together! Sunday services are at 10:00AM with children’s Sunday school and nursery care available on site. Handicapped and hearing impaired services available. Visit our website for sample sermons, photos and a lot more information We look forward to meeting you!!

Hillside Church San Jose 545 Hillsdale Avenue San Jose, CA 95136 (408) 269-4782

At Hillside Church, we take God and His Word seriously. We are a growing congregation of friendly people who are taking the hope of the Gospel to a world that desperately needs it. Join us in our mission to change this world one soul at a time. Our Sunday services are at 9:00 AM (acoustic/quiet) and 10:45 AM (more high energy). Make a difference in the live of people in our community. Help us as we point others to Jesus Christ, teaching them to live for Him. Visit our website, listen online, or join us this Sunday!

Sunrise Valley Baptist Church

5860 Blossom Avenue (at Blossom & Calero) San Jose, CA 95123 (408) 225 - 0200 “Rejoice in the Lord always! And again I say rejoice!” Come join us in a traditional worship service that is steeped in the old hymns of our faith and rooted in expository Bible preaching. A friendly congregation will encourage your heart. Our Wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ, offers peace, love & joy. On Sunday we have Sunday School at 9:30 am; Sunday Morning Worship at 10:45 am; and Sunday Evening Worship at 6:00 pm. On Wednesday Evening we have Awana at 7:00 pm (Children’s Bible Clubs K-6; Sept May) and Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm.

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2018 Year-End ‘Better Letter’ “Holy moly” and “jeepers creepers” another ‘lazy, crazy, hazy’ year gone by. Getting down to the ‘nitty gritty’, ‘rhyme time’ is this year’s theme sent by either email or ‘snail mail’ As a ‘bigwig’ ‘wheeler dealer’, Trump has been called many names; “chump, plump, grump”. Whether in a ‘slump’ or on the ‘stump’, many want to kick him in the ‘rump’. Back to the ‘white knight’ later. Many celebrities died naturally at ‘four score’ years or more (but not by ‘hari’kari’). This included Rose Marie; Rob’s ‘gal pal Sal’ on the Dick Van Dyke Show. We lost Billy Graham, who fought against ‘Bible libel’ and ‘Pharisee 2018 Year-End heresy’, ‘Super duper’ Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, John Mc’Cain’ who survived actress ‘Jane’ and the ‘pain’ of a crashed ‘plane’ (not the ‘Spruce Goose’), modern-day ‘Einstein’ Stephen Hawking‘Better (no ‘lame brain’), Neil Simon with Letter’ this ‘snazzy jazzy’ broadway shows, ‘hotshot’ Burt Reynolds, ‘brawny not scrawny’ Willie McCovey, and Hee Haw’s ‘roly poly’ Roy Clark. Finally, we will miss the senior Bush. Of this year’s movies, such as Black Panther and I Tanya, only Mary Poppins Returns could be considered a ‘chick flick’. We could not find a ‘creature feature’, ‘sci-fi’, or ‘chiller thriller’ to enjoy watching after the purchase of ‘Reece’s Pieces’, ‘Laffy Taffy’, ‘Double Bubble’, ‘Nutter Butter’, ‘Jelly Belly’, ‘Famous Amos’ cookies, or anything ‘Tutti Fruitti’ from a ‘snack shack’ or ‘Piggly Wiggly’.

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Night Out Los Altos Stage Company Starts the New Year with a Fast-Paced Fantasia on U.S. History Los Altos Stage Company rings in the New Year with American Night: The Ballad of Juan José, a provocative, irreverent, and hilarious mix of past and present, stereotype and truth. American Night runs January 24 - February 17, 2019, at the Bus Barn Theater. In this wild satire, Mexican immigrant Juan Jose has a feverish dream while studying for his American citizenship exam. His obsession to pass leads him on fantastical odyssey, guided by a handful of unsung citizens who made courageous choices in some of the country’s toughest times. He meets a parade of characters, ranging from Sacagawea to Teddy Roosevelt to Jackie Robinson, who take him on a mind-bending, hilarious, and poignant trip through U.S. history. Richard Montoya’s fast-paced fantasia flips from farcical to poignant to survey the glories and pratfalls of the American Dream. American Night:

The Ballad of Juan José was developed in collaboration with Montoya’s sketch comedy troupe Culture Clash. The play premiered at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2010. Los Altos Stage Company’s production is directed by Rodrigo Garcia, with scenic design by Tina Na Wang, costume design by Lisa Claybaugh, lighting design by Sean Kramer, sound design by Stephen Davies, and properties design by Phyllis Garland. American Night features a cast of nine talented local performers: Alycia Adame, Dan Cardenas, Nique Eagen, Ron Johnson, John Stephen King, Paul Lee, Carlos Diego Mendoza, Dana Cordelia Morgan, and Adrian Torres. American Night: The Ballad of Juan José plays at the Bus Barn Theater January 24 through February 17. Wednesday through Saturday evening performances begin at 8 pm, and Sunday matinee performances

begin at 3 pm. Ticket prices range from $20 (student) to $38, including gala opening night tickets with an artists’ reception following the performance. About Los Altos Stage Company Los Altos Stage Company is a quintessential American neighborhood playhouse, serving Los Altos and the greater South Bay area, and paying tribute to the full canon of American musicals, comedies, and dramas. This 23-yearold theater company strives to bring together a diversity of theater enthusiasts, practitioners, and supporters to create, explore, and celebrate the rich tapestry of American culture and experience through live theater. Los Altos Stage Company produces five to six shows annually at its intimate 99-seat theater located on the Los Altos Civic Center campus.


Get your tickets at or call the Box Office at 650-941-0551. All 2018-2019 Season productions are performed in the Bus Barn Theater located at the Hillview Community Center at 97 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos, California, 94022.

Making a Difference Touch-A-Life Foundation Raises $25,000 For Bay Area Homeless Students Cont’ The 2018 Touch-ALife Banquet took place on Friday, December 14th at the Quinlan Community Center in Cupertino, recognizing Touch-ALife 2018 Heroes who provided inspiration for giving back, updates on the 2018 annual activities and plan for 2019, an entertaining youth talent competition. Touch-A-Life Foundation launched the Touch-A-Life mobile app for both IOS and Android and also demonstrated the prototype of social networking app designed to fight homelessness across the world connecting students, schools and donors. “We are excited about the support we received in our 2nd year, we are on


a target to be much more impactful in 2019,” said Tej Gundavelli, TouchA-Life Founder and CEO, also Data Platform Engineer at PayPal. Trisha Gundavelli, TouchA-Life co-founder and treasurer focused her efforts on fund raising and collections of the donations during the event. The TAL Hero awards 2018 were awarded to Anu Jagadeesh, Chair of ICC, Dr.Romesh Japra, Cardiologist and Philanthropist, Murali Krishnamurthy, Founder and CEO of Sankara Eye Foundation. The 2018 TouchA-Life Banquet was supported by Solix Technologies and Emagia Corporation as Corporate

Making a Difference

sponsors. It was co-hosted by Rishi Kumar, Saratoga Council member and high-tech leader. Several prominent bay area tech leaders and philanthropists joined the event to show their support for the cause – Raj Jaswa, BV Jagadeesh, Kamal Nair, Mohan Trikka, Mark Lee, Russ Puryear, Ramesh Thangellapalli, Kumar Sripadam, Lalita Bhattiprolu and others. Minu Shukla and Sai arts creations held silent auction and exhibited paintings gallery at the event. Dashing Photos raised donations at their event with their photo studio. For more information on the Touch-A-Life foundation, visit http:// About Touch-A-Life Foundation The Touch-A-Life Foundation is a non-profit organization (please view IRS approved

exemption document 501(c)(3)), founded in 2012, to support homeless students. We are an organization that targets the needs of the students, and satisfies these needs to make their everyday routine as comfortable as possible. Our mission is to keep homeless students motivated to continue their education to college by helping them overcome daily resources issues. The Touch-A-Life Foundation is committed to supporting homeless students and their prosperity. By providing the students with everyday resources, promoting awareness to the general public, and educating them on the importance of higher education, we hope to ensure that the hardships these children have faced do not impede them from being successful in life.


‘Better Letter’ Continued

The deficit continues to grow. The government has been printing more ‘funny money’ instead of trying to ‘munch and crunch’ the numbers. Speaking of money, the record lottery ‘quick pick’ winners now have it ‘made in the shade’. These winners would contact a high tech ‘Joe Schmo’ who would ‘razzle dazzle’ investors, ‘grapple with Apple’, ‘flitter with Twitter’, and be ‘frugal with Google’. For lots of money, Stormy Daniels described someone as ‘itsy-bitsy’ and ‘teeny-weeny’. Whoever that refers to continues to also be accused of ‘hanky panky’. Disasters like hurricanes, fires, and storms seemed overwhelming with a sense of ‘doom and gloom’ for the victims. Same with the mass shootings where the perpetrator always seems to be some ‘hotshot’ ‘son of a gun’. A ‘handy-dandy’ ‘blackjack’ or ‘stun gun’ is no match for them. Prince ‘Harry did marry’ and so did the son of royal ‘Randy Andy’. Both ladies had a big ‘wingding’. Neither bride was a ‘plain Jane’. The Saudi prince denies the killing of the critical ‘rowdy Saudi’ journalist. This ‘haremscarum’ prince gave women the right to drive but may take that away if he ever gets into a ‘fender bender’ with one. North Korea’s ‘Kim’ is neither ‘prim nor trim’; in fact, needs a ‘Slim Jim’. ‘Rootin’, ‘tootin’, ‘shootin’ ‘Putin’ is about as popular as ‘gluten’. Trump referred to S-hole countries. They are run by ‘deadhead’ leaders who ‘trounce and pounce’ on their citizens. Even with much to ‘moan and groan’ about, some still celebrate ‘May Day’. The Supreme Court seat ‘hubbub’ left the country feeling ‘sleazy’, ‘cheesy’, and ‘queasy’. Did ‘Brett’ ‘sweat’ or ‘fret’? You ‘bet!’, ‘yet’, with ‘regret’ he ‘met’ his ‘threat’. The alleged assault was the Kava’naugh’ ‘flaw’ no one else ‘saw’. He had studied ‘law’ but now had to testify in front of his ‘ma and pa’. The accusations were ‘raw’, they stuck in his ‘craw’, and left him feeling ‘blah’. Did he grab her ‘bra’? ‘Nah’ but such a question was the last ‘straw’. With Dr. Ford, ‘we knew’ ‘she flew’ to ‘D.C.’ compliments of ‘free crew’. After ‘Me-Too’, she gave us a ‘preview’ of what as ‘wee true’ about what happened to her with ‘ye who’. She told Brett to ’flee! shoo!’ I can ‘see you!’. Her ‘plea grew’ since there was no ‘glee’, only ‘woo’. We were about to ‘see through’ that there was no chance that ‘he could sue’. Earlier this year, many a ‘regal Eagle’ (not a ‘Seagull’) celebrated their first Super Bowl win. Our ‘humdrum’ Raiders and Niners continues to ‘hobble and wobble’ then ‘bobble’ the ball. They ‘stumble, tumble, and fumble’ while their coaches ‘mumble and grumble’. Every fan needs a ‘mai tai’. At least teams like the Red Sox and our Warriors are still in their ‘heyday’.

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Visit Morgan Hill Come and visit the Morgan Hill Library, which has now expanded its Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday hours to 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and is also open on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is one more step toward getting all Library District libraries open seven days a week. In all our libraries, people can expect to benefit from an array of resources and programs like checking out books, using computers, or participating in entertaining events held daily. Not everyone is able to drop by the library during busy weekdays, so having the opportunity to visit on Saturdays and Sundays is essential.

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LIVE MUSIC WITH BLUE HOUSE BAND JANUARY 25, 2019 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Blue House Band is honed by their experiences as founding members of various bay area bands, Marlies de Veer (guitar/ vocals) and Amy Beasley (bass/vocals) of Blue House combine a rocker’s attitude with a folkier acoustic/electric approach to give them a unique sound. Brian Loud joined the band a few years ago on guitar and vocals. Blue House performs throughout the bay area playing an eclectic mix of both original and cover material. PLEASE NOTE: in respect for our musicians, we will suspend our “wine flight service” 30 minutes prior to the band playing, however our kitchen will remain open and we will be serving wines by-the-glass as well as by-the-bottle. Y 10 Z

‘Better Letter’ Continued

On the ‘boob tube’, Trump has been telling the average ‘Joe Blow’ that he will ‘kowtow’ to no one, that he will get us our ‘fair share’, a bigger ‘payday’, and that fake news is nothing more than ‘claptrap’. Sound Familiar? Think of ‘Tricky Dicky’. ‘Lovey-dovey’ Melania knows her ‘chubby, tubby, hubby’ has a ‘thin skin’. Her popularity is ‘sky high’ compared to his. Trump needs a ‘legal beagle’ or a defense the likes O.J’s ‘Dream Team’. He still relies on his ‘fat cat’ ‘jet set’ friends but is no longer ‘palsy-walsy’ with Cohen and Manafort. His cabinet losses amount to a ‘brain drain’ but with little ‘ill will’. After many a ‘potshot’, Trump no longer will ‘hobnob’ with Jeff Sessions. He’s no ‘Don Juan’ but it was a ‘low blow’ to hear ‘“you’re ‘fired not hired!’” Donald called ‘fuddy-duddy’ Mueller’s probe a ‘witch hunt’ (in reality a ‘snitch hunt’). He considers the investigation ‘hocus pocus’ and has one thing to say to the FBI about the evidence; “Show Me! Comey!”. Some of the ‘dump Trump’ people may try ‘voodoo’ to remove him since calling him a “Bozo” and a “nitwit” hasn’t worked. The midterms renewed Trump’s claim about fake news. That is, it’s ‘mumbo jumbo’ and ‘snivel drivel’. However, ‘Heckle and Jeckle’ would chuckle about Trump’s claim that the African-American unemployment rate is a record low 6%. It’s only second lowest —- during slavery the rate was 0%!. There are still ‘very scary’ talk radio hosts, like Trump friend ‘shock jock’ Howard Stern and others out there. This ‘Hogepodge’ will ‘stutter and mutter’, ‘squeak and shriek’, and stagger and swagger; but will never ‘backtrack’.

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‘Better Letter’ Continued ‘Namby-pamby’ Senator ‘Feinstein’ was reelected. You may either ‘cheer or jeer’ but the numbers in Congress are still ‘even Steven’. Some election results could be the results of ‘white flight’. Modern-day ‘phoney-baloney’ Pocahontas called a ‘powwow’ to announce she has an ‘itty-bitty’ native American in her and then acted all ‘hoity-toity’ about it. ‘Shady lady’ Hillary continues to play the ‘blame game’ and tour the country with her ‘boy toy’ Bill. ‘Willy-nilly’ speaker Pelosi was chosen to ‘bicker and dicker’ with the GOP. She’s from San Francisco; the town that gave us ‘flower power’. Hope the ‘hustle and bustle’ of the Christmas season is over (it’s been no ‘picnic’). Time now to party, turn on the ‘hi-fi’, play the ‘hurdy-gurdy’ on a ‘bandstand’, do the ‘hokey-pokey’ and ‘bookie-woogie’. Remember when the three ‘wise guys’ ‘hurried and scurried’ to the baby Jesus? He’s still the ‘reason for the season’. Hope you have a ‘very merry’, ‘holly jolly’ Christmas and a better than ‘okey-dokey’ new year. From the Applebys; ‘Fancy Nancy’ and ‘Ronald McDonald’

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