The Bay Area Review October 5, 2018

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South Valley Review

VOL. 2, NO. 17

October 5, 2018

Better at knowing what matters to you Page # 3

Taste of Vietnam

Worship Directory

Page # 4 Community Seva Gala Recap

Page # 12 Jeff Vo, President of VNARP

“Taste of Vietnam” is an annual extraordinary gala recognizing the achievements of accomplished Vietnamese real estate producers, distinguished members and non-profit organizations.

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Benjamin Grosvenor and Charlie Albright Highlight Steinway Society Season 24 A line-up of international piano stars awaits classical music lovers in the 24th season of Steinway Society - The Bay Area. The season launches on September 15 and includes a concert each month through May 11, 2019. “This season’s artists are all top international performers who are widely praised for their depth of artistry as well as their audience appeal,” said Lorrin Koran, MD, President of the Board for Steinway Society — The Bay Area. “They are artists that add greatly to the luster of the classical music coming to Silicon Valley next season.” THE CONCERT LINE-UP: • October 13 (Saturday) - Vladimir Ovhinnikov • November 11 (Sunday) - Henry Kramer

• December 8 (Saturday) – Sandra Wright Shen • January 12, 2019 (Saturday) - Kate Liu • February 10 (Sunday) – Vyacheslav Gryaznov • March 12 (Tuesday) – Benjamin Grosvenor • April 6 (Saturday) – Nikolay Khozyainov • May 11 (Saturday) – Charlie Albright PERFORMANCE LOCATIONS: All performances in the 2018-19 season will be held at the Trianon Theatre, 72 North 5th Street in downtown San Jose, with the exception of the October 13 and March 12 concerts which will be held at McAfee Performing Arts Center at 20300 Herriman Avenue (just off Saratoga Sunnyvale Road) in Saratoga.

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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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Hunger At Home Martha’s Kitchen hosted their Bridging the Gap Gala on Friday, September 7th. “We grossed $770K including in-kind donations!” Edita Cruz, Executive Director of Martha’s Kitchen. For more from Edita, view her interview with Salvation Army, Home First, etc. on their collaboration with Hunger at Home videos/?ref=page_internal. “When I was hungry, you gave me to eat.” Matt 25:35 Please consider including Martha’s Kitchen in your will. Thank you.

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Ewell Sterner, Founder Hunger at Home


Community Seva I am at a loss for words. Community Seva was recently moved and astounded as we witnessed your unbelievable generosity, love and caring. Our inaugural gala was a remarkable success because of you. If you had to leave early or arrived late, please do take a few moments to watch our Community Seva Gala video on You Tube at: rT3ZI40wJ4w. Please take this opportunity to subscribe to our channel. I take this opportunity to thank all the businesses and individuals who generously sponsored the event at various levels. I would like to thank all the elected officials who took the time to attend our event in spite of their busy schedules and honored Community Seva with their Commendations. On behalf of all the volunteers who put their heart and soul, working day and night into organizing the gala, I would like to give our special appreciation to Asssemblymember Ash Kalra and his father Mr Kalra, for the spark that created this thunder of giving. Without all of your support we could not have come this far. Thank you ! Thank you !! Thank you!!! - Nathan Ganeshan Founder & President Community Seva Inc


Andy Nguyen

Special Assignment Taste of Vietnam

It is hosted by the Vietnamese National Association of Real Estate Professional (VNARP). It is held at San Jose City Hall, Rotunda on Saturday, Sept. 29th, 2018. The VNARP opens this event is to benefit the children worldwide and help end world hunger, partnering with the Outreach Program. Inc. To volunteer or donate, please visit: fighthungerwithvnarp

Silicon Valley Organization Executive Vice President Madison Nguyen (pictured right) said, “As a former Vice Mayor of San Jose and Vietnamese American I am extremely proud of all the wonderful work that VNARP has done to contribute to the Vietnamese community. I am proud to support them and wish them much success in all of their endeavors.”

Former San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales

Downtown Street Team’s 2nd Annual Downtown Drop Down event raised more than $234,000 for the organization this year. We are thrilled with the outcome, and the tremendous support from our community! Y6Z

TechConneXt Not Too Late! Here’s Why You Need to Attend TechConneXt Black Enterprise is back at the San Francisco Marriott Waterfront Oct 8-9 for TechConneXt – the premiere tech conference for people of color. This is not a music festival or mixer-only event. This is the place to be for tech job seekers, techpreneurs, enthusiasts, as well as the tech curious. There will be companies on-site looking to hire programmers,

developers, engineers and more! Plus, some of the most successful and distinguished people of color in tech (or those who used tech to build their brands) will be on hand speaking on panels, giving advice, and taking your questions.

Your attendance is one step closer to: • Solving the black tech

diversity issue • Building the tech pipeline • Bringing black tech professionals together to learn from one another There will be fantastic panel discussions, keynotes, and “BE Talks,” covering a wide range of topics: making it big in podcasting; building a real Wakandan city from


cryptocurrency, discussing the latest in artificial intelligence, making money in eSports; and of course, presenting the latest and greatest black and brown innovators in tech. You will also want to attend the inaugural Black Tech Awards; see the finalist tech entrepreneurs vie for $10,000 in the TCX Pitch competition; and

support the future of tech by rooting on the brightest computer science minds from 16 HBCUs as they compete in the BE Smart Hackathon (sponsored by American Airlines). Finally, there will be opportunities for networking, kicking back and relaxing, while enjoying great food and beverages (family-friendly and adult!).


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DON’T MISS THESE INNOVATIVE SESSIONS AT NBAA-BACE With a decreasing supply of used aircraft, demand for new aircraft is heating up and the industry is sitting on the precipice of many new and exciting innovations. The future of business aviation is growing and changing very rapidly and we want you to ensure you are ahead of the curve. In addition to the incredible operations, safety, and security sessions taking place from Oct. 16 to 18.

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Playtime Sometimes... It’s Okay to Be a Kid Special Assignment Amanda Faris

The Santa Clara Fairgrounds has a lot of events to offer that brings a lot of different people together. I had the privilege of attending Silicon Valley’s longest running Toy and Comic Book Convention on September 30 at the Fairgrounds, and man, I wasn’t disappointed.

250 tables of toys galore; vintage to modern. Everything a nerd would want from Marvel to Disney; key Chains to figurines; movies to comics. There was even a giant Godzilla figure. From the moment I walked through the doors, I was in nostalgia heaven. There was a stack of collectible plates from the Disney movie Hercules that reminded me of the

times my older sister and I would argue over who got what character plate. The entire time, I had a smile on my face. If you get a chance to go to this event next year, I highly recommend that you do. This convention is great for all ages and is especially good for collectors of vintage toys, figures, comics, and even Funko Pops!

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32nd Annual Auction September 29, 2018 was the 32nd Annual Auction for the Rotary Club of San Jose Silicon Valley. Primary beneficiaries of this year’s auction are Grant School Science Camp and Shop With a Cop. The auction raised over $33,000 to be used for charitable activities, including $4,400 for the Grant School Science Camp Fund A Need. Over the 32 years of the auction, approximately $750,000 has been raised and used for charitable purposes, a significant accomplishment for a club of 30 members. The auction was attended by over 100 people and many positive comments were received from guests who plan to attend again in 2019. Rotary SJSV meets every Friday at 12:15pm at the Four Points Sheraton San Jose Airport. Visitors and potential members are always welcome.

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