South Valley Review
VOL. 1, NO. 4
May 5, 2017
Better at knowing what matters to you. STEM Central in Santa Clara
Page # 4 Which Vegetables Will Make Your Garden Great?
Page # 10 Our Corner of The Valley By Scott Taper
speakers includes panels from women in STEM fields, wildlife experts, and a planetary scientist from SETI. Younger visitors got hands-on at interactive Innovation Stations throughout the library. Children and adults worked together to build circuits, learn to write code, and launch their very own rocket. Santa Clara City Library partnered with local tech companies to create an experience that inspired our students and the entire community. STEM Central was an all-day, family-friendly event celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at the Santa Clara City
Library. Visitors came face to face with every manner of technology such as printing presses, virtual reality, robots, and drones. A full day of
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When...Where Spring Celebration at Martial Cottle Park
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Please join me for Spring Celebration, A Taste of the Valley of Hearts Delight: Celebrating Martial Cottle Park on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at Martial Cottle Park in San Jose. You will experience Santa Clara Valley’s agricultural past, present, and future on land the Cottle family farmed for over 150 years. Come enjoy fun farm games, local arts and crafts, meet farm animals up-close, view the urban forest demonstration, see antique and vintage autos, vintage farm equipment, gardening demonstrations, spring planting activities, kids activities, fresh
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Jump into Summer event at the Willow Glen Community Center. We bring in Jump Houses, carnival games, face painting, popcorn, shave ice & interactive vendor tables to engage event goers. This event highlights the vendor classes that we will have during the summer session. It’s a great community event and we have set up right in front of the community center. Jump into Summer Saturday, May 13 10-2pm
Happy Cinco de Mayo from Your friends at the South Valley Reveiw
Cinco de Mayo (the Fifth of May) is a holiday celebrating the date of Mexico’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). The French army – whom hadn’t lost a battle in over fifty years– greatly outnumbered the Mexican army. General Ignacio Zaragoza led his troops to attack the French army in the small village of Puebla in hopes of temporarily halting the French advancements towards Mexico City. This attack led to an overwhelmingly unlikely Victory for the Mexican Army. On September 16, 1862, President Juárez declared that the day of their grand victory at the Battle of Puebla be an annual Holiday, making Cinco de Mayo a popular holiday in Mexico and in areas where their is a large Mexican Population. Although a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo has evolved and become widely interpreted as a commemoration and celebration of Mexican culture and heritage in the United States. Chicano activists first raised awareness of the holiday in the 1960s partly due to their identification with the victory of indigenous Mexicans (such as Juárez) over European invaders during the Battle of Puebla. Today, participants mark the occasion with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing and traditional foods such as tacos and mole poblano. Some of the largest Cinco de Mayo festivals are held in Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. In Mexico, most of the Cinco de Mayo celebrations that occur are in the town of Puebla where the battle itself took place. This festival features a parade with participants dressing up as Mexican and French soldiers, Vendors selling traditional Mexican foods as well as patriotic clothing and accessories for the celebration, and, sometimes, a reenactment of the victory over the French troops.
Green Thumbs Up Which Vegetables will Make Your Garden Great?
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California is our great golden state, with wonderful weather. Our seasons are not harsh, compared to other states in the nation. Therefore, lots of opportunities arise for planting a garden and having your very own organic market, literally, in your own backyard. Planting vegetables can be time consuming and requires a little bit of tender loving care. However, working in the garden offers many benefits including, an excuse to get out of the house to get some fresh air; a chance to take part in the wonders of nature; the experience of selfaccomplishment, and the opportunity for nutritious and pesticide free food. What more could you ask
for? How about saving a trip to the store, and maybe also saving a few coins in the process. The month of May provides the chance to plant cucumber, eggplant, melon and squash. These grow well in northern California. Summer vegetable plantings include corn, tomatoes, carrots, beets, and onions. California is viewed by many as a place that can grow almost anything. That would include cold crops (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and bok choy), lettuce, spinach and chard. We have so many choices for planting, there is something for everyone. So plant, eat, and stay healthy. The exercise and peace of mind benefits, make working a garden well-worth the effort. Bon appétit.
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STEM Central in Santa Clara Our neighbors in Santa Clara certainly know how to have FUN! Saturday, April 29th the Santa Clara City Library (Central Park Library) held their 2nd Annual STEM Central: Discover the Future of Technology. What an amazing day of activities! Starting officially at 10 am and lasting well past 4 pm. There were 26 exhibitors primed and ready to share all manner of GEE GAWS -- meant to engage and fascinate the hundreds of visitors of all ages. When did libraries become so MUST SEE - MUST
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creativity. NASA Astronaut, Megan McArthur wants them to look to the stars and future space exploration as their goal. Planetary Scientist Pascal Lee put forth the question of “might there be life on Mars?”. So the challenge put before his audience is to start planning for that first human expedition, since it’s sure to be one of man’s greatest adventures. There was also Coder Bunnyz, a board game that was created by 8 year old Samaira Mehta, which is meant to teach kids the fundamentals of coding.
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Opportunity Intern & Earn Program: Breaking The Cycle The Santa Clara County Social Services Agency launched a new internship program aimed at breaking the cycle of generational poverty among its most vulnerable youth population. The Intern & Earn program will offer youth (ages 16-24) that are enrolled in the CalWORKs and Foster Care programs new opportunities for mentorship and career exploration. The Intern & Earn program will serve up to 400 youth, ages 16-24, who are enrolled in the CalWORKs and/ or Foster Care program. Services include a year-round program offering workshops,
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aware of the importance of family and I hoped united in a purpose to politically be a force in determining their own destiny. This Cinco de Mayo and the ensuing Mother’s day are platforms upon which Méxican-American unity can once again be as significant as the Battle of Puebla. Most of America is united with our fellow Americans, documented or not against a common foe. Happy Cinco de Mayo and Happy Mothers’ Day!
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I recently had a discussion with my editor about the logistics of newspaper publishing, you know, when a paper was going to be published and how long it might be in circulation. Given that this article will hit the streets on Cinco de Mayo, it seemed relevant to write about a holiday that is a much more celebrated holiday in the US than México. In fact holiday is very big deal in Mexico in one place, although it is celebrated in other places in Mexico. That place is Puebla, Mexico, where the battle against a superior French army was fought and won by the Méxican army. The fact that this battle took place 50 years AFTER México’s independence was the first time that country was unified against a common foe. Well, here
the Mexican-Americans are after 154 years after that fateful battle facing another foe. More on that later. Since November 9, 2016, and before, Mexican illegal immigrants have been subjected to potential loss of family members. The most significant case occurred when a mother, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, was deported despite the fact she had four US born children that she had to leave behind. The prospect of many families being torn apart has given Mothers’ Day even greater significance this year. The last time that an ethnicity was separated like this was during slavery, when families were torn apart at will. Mothers’ day is usually marked with celebration and it should be because for one segment of the America people they are even more
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Breaking Boundaries DARAJA Academy - A Unique Learning Experience Be The Change You Want to Experience
On Sunday, April 23 I drove up to San Francisco to attend a benefit for the DARAJA Academy for girls in Kenya. Honestly, I had never heard of it prior to receiving the invitation from the dynamic Deborah Santana and her husband, actor Carl Lumbly. They were cohosting this fundraiser with DARAJA Academy
founders, Jenni and Jason Doherty. And least I forget to mention the Mistress of Ceremonies, our local (and much missed) former CBS News Anchor, Dana King. Who held the large assembly in her captivating sway as she guided the auction portion of the event to a rousing crescendo.
Daraja means “bridge” in Swahili and that is just what Jenni and Jason commit to for their students - build bridges of opportunity for each of the 30 girls accepted each school year. This is a free boarding school for the girls who demonstrate academic promise into the secondary level of education while not economically able to
afford this next step in their education. DARAJA Academy has a 60-acre campus style property that includes housing for both students and staff, a farm set-up with animals and produce garden, ample sports areas and a serene nature space. The live auction covered categories to FUND A NEED - name a different area at the campus; such as the meditative space or the chicken house. Or how about naming a new calf - actually there were a couple of new cows to bid on. A large number of these girls have experienced trauma to some degree. Thus providing them with the experience of an all girls school sets in motion a truly undeniable breakthrough to “expanding their vision and unlocking their dreams.” The girls come from all parts of Kenya and Daraja has had 32 different tribes and various religions represented in their student body. The curriculum is
based on their own Kenyan educational standards, so its designed to prepare them for the Kenyan certificate of secondary education examinations. And this will determine their eligibility for public or private universities and any government tuition moneys available to them. DARAJA Academy has a volunteer program in place to encourage girls to identify areas in their communities and commit to 30 hours within a year. What this program has yielded is profound to say the least, the girls have volunteered at hospitals and clinics, held community workshops on HIV/AIDS prevention, taught others on women’s rights and sustainable farming techniques. DARAJA ACADEMY is preparing these girls to be women of integrity, strength and exuberant hope. “DARAJA is changing girls’ lives.” Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
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Winner of 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Alice Naini - Class of 2015 Alice is one of seven children. Her family are from Northern Kenya, but tribal violence forced them to move to a slum in Nanyuki. Despite struggling with hunger and lacking a light source to do her homework when it was dark, Alice managed to excel at her primary school exams. She was determined to attend secondary school, and earned her place at DARAJA Academy. While at DARAJA, Alice competed on the school volleyball team and finished a half-
marathon during her second year. Her confidence has flourished and she was elected Student Body President in her third year. At DARAJA, she excelled in math and business, and enjoyed writing poetry and playing sports. Alice graduated as valedictorian of her 2015 class. Currently, she is being sponsored to study for a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering at Foothill College in California. Esther Wanjiru - Class of 2014 Esther and her six siblings were raised by a single mother. Despite a traumatic childhood, Esther was an excellent student. She has survived
a series of challenges and still she hoped for a better future. She had no funds for secondary school but DARAJA welcomed her with open arms. At DARAJA, Esther quickly displayed leadership ability and was elected Student Body President. Her favorite subjects were chemistry and biology, and she loved to play basketball. She actively participated in WISH class curriculum; where students are encouraged to identify societal problems and to see themselves as the solution. WISH: women of integrity, strength, and hope Esther graduated at the top of her class in 2014. And credits DARAJA Academy with helping her realize her true potential despite her childhood circumstances. Today, she is studying for a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Becker College in Massachusetts, where she received a scholarship.
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Birthdays: 1546: Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, English politician (d. 1623) 1635: Philippe Quinault, French Playwright (L’amant indiscret) 1747: Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1764-90) and Holy Roman Emperor (1790-92) (d. 1792) 1817: George Washington Julian, MC (Union) (d.1899) 1818: Karl Marx, Germain Philosopher (Communist Manifesto, Das Kapital) (d. 1883) 1832: H H Bancroft, historian, publisher (History of Pacific States) 1882: Sylvia Pankhurst, English feminist 1883: Charles Bender, only American Indian in baseball’s Hall of Fame 1900: Dennis Gabor, electrical engineer and physicist, Nobel Price winner 1901: Blind Willis McTell, American ragtime singer and guitarist (d. 1959) 1921: Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist, shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work with lasers (d. 1999) 1925: Bob Cerv, American baseball player (Yankees) (d. 2017) 1926: Ann B Davis, American actress (Bob Cummings Show, Alice-Brady Bunch) (d. 2014) 1934: Ace Cannon, American Saxophonist 1935: Douglas Marland, soap opera writer (Gen Hospital) 1942: Tammy Wynette, American country singer (Stand by your man) (d. 1998) 1943: Michael Palin, English Comedian (Monty Python, Fish Called Wanda) 1948: Bill Ward, Heavy metal drummer (Black Sabbath) 1954: John Greg Adams, PGA golfer (1982 Hall of Fame-2nd) 1976: Juan Pablo Sorín, Argentine Footballer 1981: Chris Duncan, Baseball Player
1945: Japanese Bomb Kills in USA Japanese Balloon Bomb explodes at Mitchell Recreation Area on Gearhart Mountain in Oregon, killing the pregnant wife of a minister and five children. This is the only recorded instants of deaths called by Japanese Bombs on the American mainland in World War II. 1891: U.S.A. Carnegie Hall Carnegie Hall originally called Music Hall has it’s official opening in New York City with a concert conducted by maestro Walter Damrosch and composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovshy. 1925: United States John Thomas Scopes John Thomas Scopes a teacher from Dayton, Tennessee is arrested for violating Tennessee’s Butler Act, which prohibited the teaching of evolution in Tennessee Schools. He was charged on May 25th and the case ended with a guilty verdict, and a fine of $100. 1940: Great Britain Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain is promising immediate co-operation between armed forces following the German invasion of Norway under the leadership of The First Lord of Admiralty Winston Churchill. 1951: Israel Border Fighting Fighting increased along the Israel-Syrian border with continued artillery, Mortar fire and infantry attacks across the border between the two sides. 1960: England Princess Margaret Marries Princess Margaret Married Antony Armstrong Jones in a royal wedding at Westminster Abbey. Many thousands lined the streets of London hoping to catch sight of the royal couple. This is the first time for 400 years that a daughter of a king has married a commoner. 1961: U.S.A. Alan B. Shepard Jr. Alan B. Shepard Jr. became the first American in space today after soaring 115 miles above the earth in a spacecraft named Freedom 7. 1968: Gilbraltar Spain Closes Border Following the referendum in Gilbraltar in which Gilbraltar’s voters were asked whether they wished to become part of Spain, voted with a resounding no vote. Spain closes the border with Gibraltar and severed all communication. 1980: Iran embassy siege ends when SAS storms embassy The siege of the Iranian embassy in London ends after raid by SAS commandos. SAS kills five Iranian gunmen and arrests one. Nineteen hostages are set free but one dies and two are injured in the cross-fire. 1992: U.S.A. Bill Clinton Governor Bill Clinton continues to increase his run for the democratic nomination with 80% of delegates number needed to secure the democratic presidential nomination. Meanwhile, Ross Perot running as an independent is edging closer in the polls to President Bush and Bill Clinton. 2011: French Team Tries to Recover Bodies from Plane Crash A French team using deep-sea robots began to recover bodies from a 2009 Air France plane crash. The plane crashed in 2009 on its way from Rio de Janeiro to Paris and was carrying 228 people. Fifty-one bodies had been found on the ocean surface in 2009, but the remaining victims had not been recovered and officials stated they were not sure how many of the bodies they would actually be able to recover from the seabed crash site. The remains that were found were to be sent for DNA tests in France in hopes of identifying them.
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is presided over by several designers. Always AVANT GARDE in its style, expression and even display presentations (i.e. fashion shows) Ms. Kawakubo eschews all attempts to define, understand or even accept her creations. She challenges you to regard her design offerings as just that CREATIONS. Her persona is reminiscent of the SPHINX or in tune with Mona Lisa’s knowing smile. Sher publicly does not speak English - but somehow always knows
what is the gist of the conversation. Is it enigmatic or shrewed? Given her chosen field of work. No need to explain her inspiration for her collections -- No need for interpretation. They just are ... Which is acknowledged by the MET this year in it’s selection of her. An entire show for this single designer not done since 1983 ... for non other than Yves Saint Laurent.
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Offered C a l BAt R E$975,000 #01728689
16185 LOS GATOS BLVD, SUITE 205 LOS GATOS, CA 95032 CalBRE #01526679 EACH OFFICE IS INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND OPERATED
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16185 LOS GATOS BLVD., SUITE 105 LOS GATOS, CA 95120
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CalBRE #01526679 EACH OFFICE IS INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND OPERATED