The Bay Area Review January 30, 2018

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South Valley Review

VOL. 2, NO. 2

January 30, 2018

Better at knowing what matters to you.

In Numbers Too Large to Ignore

Page # 6 Rebuilding Together Teams Up with Sharkie

Page # 11 Historical 40 Years of Service and Fifth Annual Purple Ribbon Awards Gala

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MLK Luncheon

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When...Where sjDANCEco’s ChoreoProject Spring Edition

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sjDANCEco’s ChoreoProject Spring Edition focuses on Youth Dance Bay Area wide program offers opportunities for dancers/ choreographers. Since it’s inception in 2005, sjDANCEco has given opportunity to more than 100 choreographers from the Bay Area(and beyond) the chance to present their dances to audiences in the ChoreoProject programs. This year’s Spring edition of the ChoreoProject is geared toward Youth Groups. “For Youth - By Youth.” Young dancers (age 13 18) from around the Bay are brought together in an unique program dedicated to the future of dance in an opportunity to share vital and vibrant dance by aspiring youth dancers and choreographers. More Information: Groups are still be added but the following are currently confirmed: Independence High School (San Jose), New Ballet School (San Jose), Los Lupenos Juvenil (San Jose), Lin HH Dance/San Jose Dance Theatre, Roco Dance (Mill Valley), Northern CA Conservatory of Dance (Roseville). Other groups expressing interest are from San Francisco, Berkeley, Monterey, Dublin, Los Gatos, and Oakland. Photo courtesy of sjDANCEco

Friday, March 23 @ 8:00 pm and Saturday, March 24 @ 10:30am, 4:30pm & 8:00pm Tickets $20 (students), $25 (seniors), $30 (general) Location SJSU Dance Theatre. One Washington Square, San Jose, CA The theater is located in the Spartan Complex building on the San Jose State University Campus near 4th Street and San Carlos. (Nearby parking at City of San Jose garage, San Carlos Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets.)


Breaking Boundaries C.L.A.S.S. OUTreach Community of Latinos & African Americans for Student Success OUTreach are hosting the 100 Black Men of Silicon Valley, inc. & the “CuBu” 100 Young Warriors, for our 3rd “CuBu Technology Tour 2.018!!!” at LAM Research, Fremont, CA on Thursday, February 15th, 2018 from 9:00 to 3:30. The Vision of “C.L.A.S.S. OUTreach!!!”, and our hope is that by

collaborating internally, and eterally with organizations from the African American and

Latino Communities in the Bay Area, we’re exposing and introducing broader student base to the

Senator Beall’s Reaction to the State of the State Address Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, issues this statement regarding Gov. Brown’s State of the State address: “I really appreciate the Governor Brown’s support of SB 1. We are going to launch a strong campaign to fight off any repeal of SB 1. We need to keep the roads in good repair. It only makes the cost go up if we don’t repair our roads. “The Governor let us know the policies that we all worked

infinite potentials and careers that become available through eucation in STEM programs. The Tours are designed to foster and mentor the creative imaginations of our Youth, through “CuBu TECHNOLOGY TOURS 2.018!!!”, we’re creating opportunities that would lead to possible internships here at Lam, and BETTER YET, to them forming brand new technologies and their own

companies!!! The mission of “C.L.A.S.S. OUTreach!!!” is to display a positive message that encourages our Students in the African American and Latino communities, to reach for higher standards of education and careers in STEM, through exposure to Lam’s Technology. The “CuBu TECHNOLOGY TOURS 2.018!!!”, are conducted by our African American and Latino Colleagues, exposing the Students to persons of Color who look like them, in High Technology positions.

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Entertainment Campbell’s Heritage Theatre Presents One Night of Queen

2018 gets off to a rockin’ start, as Campbell’s historic Heritage Theatre continues its 2017-2018 Season with ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN performed by Gary Mullen & The Works on Friday, February 16, at 8:00pm. ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN is a spectacular live concert, recreating the look, sound, pomp, and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time. They have been hailed as the World’s Premiere Queen Tribute Band, and have received rave reviews from over 650 Performing Arts

Centers, Casinos, Fairs, Festivals, and Corporate buyers in the USA since 2008. In 2000, lead vocalist Gary Mullen won ITV’s “Stars in Their Eyes” grand finale with a record poll of 864,838 votes, the largest number of votes ever received in the TV show’s history. Queen guitarist Brian May was quoted on national television as saying; “Gary shares ‘more than a likeness’ to Freddie.” In 2002 Gary formed his band “The Works,” comprised of Davie Brockett on guitar, Jonathan Evans on drums,

Billy Moffat on bass, and Malcolm Gentles on keyboards. Over the past 12 years, Gary Mullen & The Works have performed their show ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN to sold-out audiences throughout the UK, USA, Europe, South Africa, and New Zealand, to name but a few. They have also twice rocked the prestigious BBC Proms in the Park, in front of a very enthusiastic crowd of 40,000. Gary Mullen & The Works brings the spirit and passion of rock icon Freddie Mercury to life on stage with this spectacular rock tribute. Fans of Queen will delight in this note-fornote experience of megahits such as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We are the Champions,” “Killer Queen,” “You’re My Best Friend,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Radio GaGa,” “Under Pressure,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” and many

others. ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN will ROCK YOU! Individual tickets are now on sale for $55 through the Box Office, or by phone at 408-8662700. Tickets can also be purchased online at Following ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN, the remainder of the Heritage Theatre’s 2017-2018 Season features: CELTIC

NIGHTS – Oceans of Hope on March 2; LOS LOBOS on March 24; and SARA EVANS on April 19. All 2017-2018 Season performances are in Campbell’s historic Heritage Theatre located at the Campbell Community Center at: 1 W. Campbell Avenue, Campbell, California, 95008.

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Helping Hands Rebuilding Together Teams Up With Sharkie January 17, 2018 marked the start of Rebuilding Together’s good works for the communities they service. In partnership for the 2nd year in a row Rebuilding Together and the San Jose Sharks showed up early (8 am) at a Military Veteran’s home - and went to work on it. Terry Gallo, title “what an unbelievable day. Everyone was on-site at 8 am and just started in on the work and pitched in where ever they were needed”. “That meant work on the exterior of the home and specifically the interior, because both homeowners are disabled and required safety modifications around the house”. Barbara, one of the recipients of all this attention was quick to point out that her husband was so proud of his time serving with

the military. But had no idea anyone even considered him eligible for such a wonderful gesture of generosity and appreciation. The Sharks Foundation had partnered with Rebuilding Together last year to honor a local veteran with a home upgrade and really liked what they saw. According to John Tortora, CEO of the San Jose Sharks organization ... and a man who knows how to use a paint brush. “This is a great opportunity to honor a local Veteran through our combined efforts and attention, people might become aware of their neighbors in need”. The Sharks Foundation was so proud and eager to help out this year after such a successful experience last year refurbishing a home for one of our Veterans”. For over 20 years now, we at the Sharks

April 28 - Rebuilding Together Scheduled to Refurbish 40 Homes Seeking Sponsors and Volunteers Foundation have sought out opportunities to be of service to our communities. Our owners have emphasized the importance of getting back to basics - we have raised millions of dollars on behalf of our South Bay communities - it’s the people that matter”. “And a more recent emphasis is directed toward our veterans - as the need became apparent. All around us Veterans are living in what some people may not realize as struggling circumstances; with mental, physical and economic hurdles”. A great day for all concerned.


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Four Chaplains Interfaith Memorial Service Join us as we celebrate the 75th anniversary commemorating the heroism of the Army’s Four Chaplains during the sinking of the USAT Dorchester in World War II. This free one-hour event begins with a bagpipe led procession of American and veteran service flags, with some veterans dressed in historical uniforms from the American Revolution and Scottish American Military Regiment. Hear the Story of the Four Chaplains, all different faiths, who gave up their life jackets so others could survive the disaster. The ceremonial tribute includes the laying of life jackets and helmets, and concludes with the Navy 2-Bell Service. This is a great educational and family event!

Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 10 to 11 am St. Frances Cabrini Parish, 15333 Woodard Rd, San Jose Contact the American Legion at eventsAL or (650) 219-1041

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Worship Directory Santa Teresa Hills Presbyterian Church

Hillside Church San Jose

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!!

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!

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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.

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Making a Difference Historical 40 Years of Service and Fifth Annual Purple Ribbon Awards Gala The Lupus Foundation of Northern California is pleased to announce the 5th Annual Purple Ribbon Awards will be hosted on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Marriott Downtown San Jose. The evening, looking back at the historic 40 years of service to the lupus community, will feature dinner and dancing, live and silent auctions, and a cocktail hour. To commemorate LFNC’s founding in 1978, this year’s Purple Ribbon Awards will take on a 1970s theme. The Purple Ribbon Awards honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the lupus community. These individuals personify LFNC’s vision of bridging the gap between life with lupus today and life without lupus tomorrow. The 2018 Purple Ribbon Awards are sponsored by The Terasaki Foundation. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can cause inflammation of the joints, severe fatigue and internal organs like the kidneys, lungs, heart, brain and blood vessels. There is no cure; treatment options range from anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive

medications to chemotherapy and kidney replacement, depending on the severity of the disease in a given patient. Of the estimated 1.5 to 2 million Americans living with lupus, 90% are women, and the disease disproportionately affects women of color. The Lupus Foundation of Northern California, established in 1978, is the only lupus-specific nonprofit organization in the region. The LFNC promotes awareness, educates patients, family members and caregivers, and advocates for lupus research. The 2018 Purple Ribbon Awards: Face of Lupus and Outstanding Youth Leader: Elizabeth Beck. Elizabeth Beck, now 16, was first diagnosed with lupus at age 13.When she was first taken to the doctor for a possible ear infection, her parents were also concerned about her rapid weight loss: she had gone from 100 lbs to 65 lbs in just two months. After extensive medical tests, Elizabeth was finally diagnosed with stage four Lupus Nephritis. The following months consisted of getting used to new medication regimens, constant doctors’ visits, inexplicable pain and the

feeling of hopelessness. Being a normal teenager is difficult enough, but Elizabeth faced an experience and responsibilities no child should have to. But Elizabeth persevered, getting back to a semi-normal routing with the advice of doctors and family. Two years after her diagnosis, her lupus was in medicated remission, where she is today. Although her lupus has been a tough struggle, Elizabeth credits her experience with lupus for making her a stronger person. Outstanding Commitment to Treatment and Research: R. Elaine Lambert, M.D. Dr. Lambert earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine, as well as her fellowship in rheumatology at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Dr. Lambert also completed a fellowship in clinical research at Stanford University Medical Center. She is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. Dr. Lambert has been a well-published author and an invited presenter at national medical Y 11 Z

conferences. Dr. Lambert is a fellow at the American College of Rheumatology, and a past chair and board member of the Arthritis Foundation of Northern California. She enjoyed working with Stanford athletes as a team physician from 1992-2012. She was on the faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine from 19901996 before moving to private practice and was a volunteer teaching faculty member at Stanford from 1996 until May 2017. Dr. Lambert received the highest award given to a clinician in 1994 at Stanford Medical School, the Rambar Award for Excellence in Patient Care as well as numerous teaching awards. Dr. Lambert also served on LFNC’s Scientific Review Committee for many years, and has given presentations to lupus support groups. Outstanding Community Service: Jason Rodriguez. “You can walk in the door in May and other volunteers who haven’t

seen you for a year will remember your name, and make you feel like you’re home,” It is this welcoming feeling and atmosphere of being home that has brought Jason, now a young man of 25, back to the LFNC to volunteer year after year since he was in grade school. When Jason was in grade school, he started volunteering at the LFNC for community service hours. Soon, though, he’d grown attached to the staff, other volunteers, and most importantly the patients and the cause of LFNC. In 2009, Jason started volunteering at the 5K and soon became not just one of the event’s constant and star volunteers but a key part of the team organizing the annual 1,000-person event. Jason has quite literally grown up with LFNC, and we are thankful for his outstanding service.

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I Have a Dream MLK Luncheon Emmet D Carson, Ph.D. is the founding CEO of Silicon Valley Comunity Foundation. An international thought leader in the field of philanthropy. In 2006 he led the unprecedented merger of two community foundations, creating SVCF. With a growth in assets from $1.4 billion to over $8.2 billion, SVCF’s 2,000 family and corporate donor funds support a wide range of causes in the Bay Area, across the nation and around the world.

The African American Community Service Agency presents the 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon in San Jose

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