The Bay Area Review November 18, 2018

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South Valley Review

VOL. 2, NO. 20

November 18, 2018

Better at knowing what matters to you Native American Heritage Celebration

Special Assignment Brigitte Jones

San Jose State Native American Student organization held a Blessing Ceremony that recently recognized 4

local Tribal/Community Elders. Seven Generations awarded to Anecita Hernandez.

Leadership in Community Service awarded to Kelly Gamboa. Leadership in

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When...Where SVR South Valley Review 2059 Camden Avenue Suite 219 San Jose, CA, 95124 (408) 898 - 7534 Minority Owned Business President: Richard Pugh Publisher: Brigitte Jones Executive Editor: Sonya Ruffin Operations/Accounting: Dorothy Pugh Graphic Design Director: Amanda Faris Photographer Andy Nguyen Editor at Large: Pearl Baeni Editor, Public Affairs Liaison: Pamela Gustava Curry

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WHO’S HOLIDAY! is a wildly funny and heartfelt adults-only comedy that tells the story of Cindy Lou Who as she recalls that fateful Christmas Eve when she first met the Grinch…and what happened next! The little tyke has become a bottle-blonde adult who spends her days in a trailer atop Mount Crumpit. Only those with a naughty sense

of humor will be ready for this holiday offering that dirties up Christmas while ultimately reveling in its spirit. WHO’S WHO? You’ve seen her as Patty Andrews in “Sisters of Swing”, as Red Girl in “Shout! The Mod Musical”, as the Adjectives Girl in “Schoolhouse Rock Live!”, as Treitel in “The

MeshugaNutcracker!”, as Frankie Marks in her award winning take in “Thanks for Playing… The Game Show Show”, and as the host of every sing-along at 3Below Theaters and The Retro Dome. Now, see producer/ playwright/performer Shannon Guggenheim in this hilarious and delightfully naughty onewoman show where she’ll

You Never Know What Who’s Going to Say! You last saw her with the Grinch when she was just two But ever wonder what happened to Cindy Lou Who? It’s 40 years later – come see the results In a holiday show that is just for adults!

sing, dance, and rhyme her way through the holidays.

December 7-22 3Below Theatre 288 S 2nd St. San Jose, CA 95113

If your fond childhood memories include Dr. Seuss The Grinch, his dog Max, and a ‘ville filled with Whos Tickets: Then you’ll love this sequel from 40 years hence Admission: $45 Though if you’re a Grinch, too, you might take offense. Discount for advance purchases: $40 The new play Who’s Holiday! by Matthew Lombardo Discount for advance Senior/Student/ Is strictly R-rated, so don’t bring your kiddo Child/Military purchases: $36 Yet if your mind’s open and you trust rave reviews This Off-Broadway treat will come as good news! How the Grinch Stole Christmas is the source of this send-up whos-holiday/ But you’ll never guess how this parody will end up


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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Local Find It’s a Family Thing Floors to Go originally opened their first location in Campbell back in 2001. Then it was just Mike Rorie and his wife, Viki and their kids painting walls and putting up racks to hold the samples. With a few years of hard work, some persistence and even longer nights – one job turned into two, which turned into three and so on. Now almost 20 years later Mike has 2 locations and he is very proud to be able to offer a great selection of flooring and service to his hometown community. Mike has been in the business for over 35 years and now has a talented team of 8 people you can trust to get the job done right. “Our business thrives on customer service and workmanship. We are at your house measuring

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Honor Song Native American Heritage Celebration Cont’ Advocacy awarded to Chairwoman Louise R. Ramirez. Legacy Award given to Hank LeBeau. This event was to honor those of Native American heritage who have proven themselves diligent in their commitment to all people of Native Families in however way possible -- required to help indigenous culture survive and remain active for the future. All four people honored are those who have served their communities and Tribal Families in various forms of advocacy; Indian

Health Center of Santa Clara Valley, the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, Advocates for California Indigenous Language Survival (ACILS), and the 500 Mile American Indian Spiritual Marathon -- are just a few to mention. November is Native American Heritage Month - google the following for more information. • Calpulli Tonalehqueh • Muwekma Ohlone Tribe • Dine of the Bitterwater Clan • Costanoan-Esselen, Chumash and Yaqui Tribes

Assembly member Ash Kalra with recipients Kelly Gamboa, Anecita Hernandez, Louise M. Ramirez, Hank LeBeau,


South Valley Review thanks you for being our neighbors! We hope you continue your support and wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Making a Difference A Celebration at Brookdale We honored 41 resident veterans today, Monday Nov. 12th, at Brookdale San Jose with the help of 22 Williams Elementary School Pack 272 Scouts. (Den 17 Webelo- 4th graders, Den 3 Wolf- 2nd graders, and Den 7 Tiger1st graders). They may be

young, but they certainly know how to honor and respect both veterans and the American flag. The scouts began the program with the flag procession, pledge of allegiance, and singing of our national anthem. They then handed a flag to each veteran,

looked them in the eye, and ‘thanked them for their service’. There are many in Washington who could take lessons from these young future leaders. They may be too young to vote but they sure did a grand job of showing their respect

to some very deserving folks. A number of whom are WWII veterans and Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren sent a Certificate of Special Recognition’ to help honor those who served living at our

community. Veitnam War veteran Ed Goodwin remarked afterwards, ‘That’s the first time I’ve ever felt truly ‘thanked’ for my time in the military’. Well done Williams Elementary Scouts!

Cityteam Keeping Homeless Safe During California Fires

San Jose Executive Director John Scott announced that Cityteam is immediately opening up emergency housing so that the homeless can stay inside to escape the smoke due to California fires. 24 hour shelters will be in place through Tuesday, November 20 when the toxic air levels are expected to be back to normal. Cityteam is working in coordination with the city of San Jose to give people a safe place to be.


Making a Difference NAACP Hosts a Soulful Christmas

The San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP, a nonprofit organization that seeks justice and equality of opportunity for those often deemed voiceless, is sponsoring a “Soulful Christmas” campaign to provide new and/or slightly used coats for the homeless, those who cannot afford to purchase warm clothing, and for foster children. We would like to extend an opportunity for you to support this worthy cause and hope you will donate one or more items to our organization for this drive as we rapidly approach the winter weather season. In addition to accepting coats, we are also accepting blankets and hygiene kits. Donations by check are also welcome. All donations welcome: Warm clothing items, coats, hygiene kits and donations by check. Sponsor Packages: Bronze $200 - $500, Silver $800 - $1000, Gold $1500 - above.While the mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to work for equality of rights of all persons, we are also concerned about the health and safety of the less fortunate. PLEASE support our efforts to help those in need during this holiday season. For more information: please call our office at (669) 284-2173 or send us an email at info@ Thanks in advance for your consideration and support. If you would like to make an online donation please go to our website at: There is a specific ‘Coat Drive Donation Button’

To donate by check: Make check payable to: San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP and mail to: San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP 1313 N. Milpitas Blvd. Milpitas, CA 95035. Y8Z

District 10 News Trades Orientation Program Apply Now! Tired of the same old routine or of staring at the inside of a cubicle? If you’re looking to explore a new career in the highdemand construction trades, you may want to apply to the The Trades Orientation Program (TOP)! The Trades Orientation Program is a free, 130-hour course that prepares you to enter a state certified apprenticeship leading to a high demand trades career. TOP is recruiting now for its free 2018-19 class! Eligibility Requirements: • High school diploma or GED • Able to pass drug testing • Age 18+ (by start date) • Able to do physical work • Santa Clara County resident • Willing to study and learn new skills • Documentation to work in the U.S. • Valid CA drivers license (by start date) Priority and additional services available for veterans, Office of Supportive Housing clients, and CalFRESH clients. For more information, call 408-809-2137 or go to

Do You Have the NEW MySanJose App Yet? Want to get that pothole or street light fixed? Did you spot graffiti or illegal dumping that needs cleaning up? Perhaps you’re wondering about how to report an abandoned vehicle ... or have a different City program to ask about. With the new My San Jose website or mobile app, it’s now quick and easy to file and track a City service request or to reach one of our customer representatives. We think you’re going to love it! When you submit a City service request through My San Jose, the request will reach the relevant City service team who will accept, review, and resolve your request as appropriate -- and let you know the outcome. Here’s more about how My San Jose works: • Create and sign in with an account, or if you prefer, submit requests anonymously. An account provides enhanced features and more personalized service. • Service requests can be logged with or without photos; either way, your request will be categorized and mapped for you to see. • You can see other mapped requests and follow them if you want updates on those. • Using the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) button, you can search or scroll for an array of City services. • Using the My Home Services button, you can find your service providers for street sweeping, waste collection, water service and dumpster days.

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Leroy Kromm, Music Director, Presents Puccini’s Luminous “Messa di Gloria” Saturday, December 1 7:30 PM Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church 13601 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 Tickets: General $30 in advance, $35 at the door; Senior/Student/Military $25 in advance, $30 at the door Tickets available at and https://sjscpuccini. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Few people realize that Puccini wrote sacred music, since he is known today as an opera composer, renowned for La Boheme, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly, among other works. But he did: Puccini was the fourth generation of a family of church musicians in Lucca in northern Italy, and was indeed familiar with sacred music and liturgical practice. Trained to carry on the tradition, his life changed forever when he attended a production of Verdi’s Aida, and realized his true calling was opera. He was just graduating from music academy, and wrote the Messa di Gloria both as his graduation composition, and as a farewell to the sacred music tradition of his family. Performed to great success in 1880, it was filed away and not heard again until its publication in 1951. This delightful piece is full of Puccini’s beautiful melodies and operatic flourishes, foreshadowing his great successes to come. Antonio Vivaldi, the “Red Priest” of Venice, was a prominent and prolific Italian composer of the late Baroque; over 500 concerti are attributed to him. At the age of 25 he became the music teacher at an all-girls orphanage school, the Ospedale della Pièta. It was his job to teach the girls to play music, as well as to write concerti to showcase their talents. The two concerti on the program each feature two soloists: one piece written for two violins, and the other for two trumpets. The ballet Swan Lake, with music by Pyotr IllyichTchaikovsky, was considered a failure at its premiere in 1877 – it was “too noisy, too Wagnerian, too symphonic - altogether unmemorable”, according to the critics of the day. Despite its initial failure, the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse, is now one of the most popular of all ballets, and has inspired or provided scores for both live action and animated movies, theatrical productions, video games, and more. The Suite contains its most beautiful and familiar melodies. San Jose Symphonic Choir is supported, in part, by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San Jose, and by a grant from the Peery Foundation

District 2 News Everyone is invited and welcome to celebrate the end of another successful year with Councilmember Sergio Jimenez and fellow community members at our District 2 Holiday Appreciation Party! Southside Community Center 5585 Cottle Rd, San Jose, CA 95123 Come Enjoy great company, light refreshments, and our Sock Drive.

Awards Ceremony

Nominate your neighbors! Councilmember Sergio Jimenez will be honoring residents for their outstanding service to the community. The District 2 Office will be awarding winners in the following 5 categories: 1. Community Leader Award 2. Outstanding Youth Award 3. Stellar Senior Award 4. City Employee Award 5. Woman of the Year Award We would love to hear who you think has made a positive impact on your community! Know someone who deserves an award? To make your nominations, go to QLSdPy2NTgHYYkQukHvagm8oz1ISIO 9FfBaNwOo6_sy0ssKHHPg/viewform Nominations will be accepted until Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

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Believe & Achieve Milpitas Christian School Holds 1st Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament

Milpitas Christian School (MCS) held their 1st Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament on November 13, 2018 at Boulder Ridge Golf Club in San Jose. “We’re very pleased with the success of our first charity golf tournament,” explained Robert Murray, Head of School for Milpitas Christian School. “This was an amazing event that connected a great group of community-minded golfers with volunteers and staff from Milpitas Christian School. Funds raised from this event will be used to strengthen our Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEM, STEAM)

education for elementary, middle and high school students.” “Milpitas Christian School is humbled by the generous support from our alumni and community-minded golfers,” explained Robert Murray, Head of School for Milpitas Christian School. “We also appreciate the presence of former NFL players Chris Cooper (Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, and Arizona Cardinals), Courtney Brown (Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants), Barry Sims (Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers) and Eric Wright (San Francisco 49ers). As the inaugural charity fundraiser event for the ‘Legacy to Legacy’ capital campaign, funds will be used towards building our new campus for preschool, elementary, middle and high school students.”

About Milpitas Christian School Founded in 1974, Milpitas Christian School (MCS) seeks to transform lives for Christ through excellence in education, relationships and service. MCS offers education from preschool,

Inspirational Keynote Speaker Will Robins, Chris Horton of Milpitas Christian School, and Bay Club Host, Jean-Luc Pedanou

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elementary and middle school. Starting in 2019, 9th grade students will be admitted to Milpitas Christian High School, an accredited (WASC, ACM) college preparatory high school. MCS accepts children of all races and nationalities and does

not discriminate in any of its programs based on gender, race, or national origin. For more information and to arrange a campus tour, visit or call (408) 945-6530.

The Flamenco Society of San Jose Presents “Christmas Flamenco Juerga” Saturday December 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM Historic Hoover Theatre 1635 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126

The Flamenco Society of San Jose will host “Christmas Flamenco Juerga” (Flamenco Jam Session) with musical arrangements composed of dance, song, guitar, and percussion. This is a performance of traditional Flamenco festival style in the spirit of the holidays. Showcasing a great cast of flamenco artists, Koko de la Isla’s Dance & Company. Special guest appearance by the Flamenco Society Dance Academy. The admission charge for this event is only $25 general admission, $20 for students/senior citizens and $15 for Children. This promises to be a very special event. Feel the passion, power and emotion of flamenco with a flamenco intimate setting. Come see and hear the wonderful singing and beautiful dance of great artists. For ticket call 1-800-838-3006 or go to Senior Market Sales_MB_5.0 x 6.0_AW18-1008

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