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Cupertino Seeks Community Input in Future of Fine Arts Commission

The city of Cupertino is asking residents to help decide a new name for the Fine Arts Commission. The City wants a name that will increase public interest and align better with its set goals.

(April 27, 2022) → Read the full Cupertino Today report
San Jose Viet Museum Preserve History of Vietnamese Refugees

In a corner of San Jose History Park, a yellow historic Victorian house is home to the Museum of the Boat People & Republic of Vietnam.

(March 12, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
Sunnyvale Comic Book Store Owner Battles Censorship

In reaction to a Tennessee school board’s ban on Art Spiegelman’s “Maus,” Ryan Higgins, owner of Comics Conspiracy in Sunnyvale, offered to donate up to 100 copies of the critically acclaimed graphic novel—and the tweet went viral.

(Feb. 8, 2022) → Read the full The Mercury News report
San Jose Selects New Creative Ambassadors

San Jose has announced six new artists to serve as creative ambassadors for 2022. Stephanie Barajas, Ricardo Cortez, Dana Harris Seegar, Eric Hayslett, Amy Hibbs, and Brandon Luu are the six selected.

(Dec. 22, 2021) → Read the full Cupertino Today report
San Jose Inches Closer to Removing Thomas Fallon Statue

The Thomas Fallon statue has long been a point of contention in San Jose. Featuring Fallon raising a U.S. flag during an era where the region technically still belonged to Mexico, it has been vandalized repeatedly in recent years. The city’s Arts Commission has unanimously voted in favor of removing it.

(Oct. 19, 2021) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
Circus Returns to Palo Alto

After a drive-in format for 2020, the Zoppe Family Circus is back in its big top this fall. The troupe will perform in Redwood City through early November.

(Oct. 13, 2021) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
Castro Street Will Remain Pedestrian-Friendly

After an overwhelming amount of public support, Mountain View’s Castro Street will officially remain a pedestrian street until at least 2023. This is great news for everyone who enjoys the lively scene of restaurants and shops, along with the great nightlife.

(Oct. 13, 2021) → Read the full Mountain View Voice report
High School Friends Become Nationally Recognized Band

Peach Tree Rascals, a band recently featured on Stephen Colbert’s late-night show, is enjoying newfound fame. Not so long ago, the band members were classmates in San Jose.

(Oct. 13, 2021) → Read the full Activate report
Los Altos Mayor Advocates for New Theater

While still basking in the glow of a brand-new community center, Los Altos Mayor Neysa Fligor has spoken on behalf of a theater dream for the city.

(Oct. 13, 2021) → Read the full Los Altos Town Crier report
Día de los Muertos Altars Up in Gilroy

Día de los Muertos altars are on display through Nov. 3 at the Gilroy Center for the Arts. This year’s exhibit focuses on specifically remembering members of the local community.

(Oct. 13, 2021) → Read the full Gilroy Dispatch report
Santa Clara Parade of Champions Welcomed Back

Santa Clara’s well-known Parade of Champions found its way back to its familiar parade route after taking a year off due to COVID-19. Turnout was higher than in previous years, as residents welcomed the opportunity for some normalcy.

(Oct. 12, 2021) → Read the full The Silicon Valley Voice report
Northern California Renaissance Fair in Full Swing

Bay Area residents from all over the region are traveling to Casa de Fruta to experience the Northern California Renaissance Fair.

(Oct. 12, 2021) → Read the full Gilroy Dispatch report
San Jose Neighborhood Fights to Save Mural

A San Jose neighborhood loves a local mural that celebrates Hispanic heritage and has been responsible for a reduction of graffiti incidents. But now the new owner of the building the mural is located on has announced he will be removing it despite protests from locals.

(Oct. 12, 2021) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
Traveling Interactive Museum Makes a Stop at Valley Fair

The Virtual Science Museum is a traveling exhibit showcasing the wonders of VR to families. It is residing in Valley Fair until January.

(Oct. 7, 2021) → Read the full The Silicon Valley Voice report
Local Jewish Orgs Benefit from Zuckerberg Gifts

Mark Zuckerberg, known for giving financially to the Jewish community, recently gifted funding to local organizations—including $200,000 to the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto.

(Oct. 6, 2021) → Read the full The Jewish News of Northern California report
San Jose Mainstays Ditching Silicon Valley Identity

The San Jose Chamber of Commerce and the San Jose Symphony have both dropped “Silicon Valley” from their names in favor of sticking with the city instead.

(Oct. 5, 2021) → Read the full The Mercury News report
Silicon Valley Eateries That Instagram Loves

Food critics reward ambiance in their reviews, and these Silicon Valley restaurants do their best to get attention with huge murals and creative decor.

(Oct. 1, 2021) → Read the full Mountain View Voice report
Parade of Champions to Return to Santa Clara

Another local tradition is returning after a break due to COVID-19. Santa Clara residents will welcome back the popular Parade of Champions.

(Sept. 23, 2021) → Read the full Cupertino Today report
18 Bay Area Restaurants Make Michelin’s New Dining Deals List

Michelin’s newest roster of Bib Gourmand honorees include 18 Bay Area restaurants noted for excellent food and reasonable prices. The list includes restaurants in Los Gatos and Palo Alto.

(Sept. 22, 2021) → Read the full The Mercury News report
Roller Skating Enjoys a Revival in the South Bay

Having seen a resurgence in the early days of the pandemic, roller skating continues to grow in popularity. Some South Bay Area residents are working to preserve its future.

(Sept. 22, 2021) → Read the full Activate report
Mandarin Cultural Center Opens in Cupertino

The Taiwan Center for Mandarin Learning, located at Lynbrook High School in west San Jose, offers programs to teach adults Mandarin as a gateway to understanding Chinese and Taiwanese culture.

(Sept. 20, 2021) → Read the full The Mercury News report
A New Look for the Gilroy Center for the Arts

Lowe’s employees volunteered at Gilroy Center for the Arts on Sept. 14 to help transform the space inside and out. The center was one of 100 recipients of Lowe’s 100 Hometowns grant.

(Sept. 17, 2021) → Read the full Gilroy Dispatch report
Over a Year Later, Original Play Resurrects at City Lights

After an arduous quarantine, a locally written play finally makes its triumphant debut. “Coded,” about a female VR game designer, is the inaugural production for City Lights Theatre’s 2021-22 season.

(Sept. 15, 2021) → Read the full Activate report
When It Comes to Food, Some Like to Take it Slow

Slow Food South Bay members celebrate food, books, and community with their monthly events.

(Sept. 14, 2021) → Read the full Los Altos Town Crier report
Morgan Hill Historical Society Celebrates 50 Years

The Morgan Hill Historical Society is celebrating some history of its own as it reaches 50 years of operation. The nonprofit’s accomplishments includes preservation of historic landmarks and archives as well as multicultural education and enrichment programs.

(Sept. 9, 2021) → Read the full Morgan Hill Times report
Santa Clara Players Postpones Opening Season

Due to new COVID restrictions and a small performance space, the Santa Clara Players have postponed their season opener until at least February 2022.

(Sept. 9, 2021) → Read the full The Silicon Valley Voice report
Santa Clara County Names First Youth Poet Laureate

Anouk Yeh is a 17-year-old horseback rider, volleyball player and empath. She's also the county's first youth poet laureate.

(Sept. 8, 2021) → Read the full Activate report
New Jewish Organization Forms in Portola Valley in Time for September's High Holidays

A drive to Los Altos Hills or Palo Alto used to be required to attend Jewish religious services before Chabad Portola Valley & Woodside, a new Jewish community center, opened this spring.

(Sept. 7, 2021) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
Live Theater Returns to Los Altos

After a year and a half of a darkened stage, live theater returns to downtown Los Altos at Bus Barn Theater.

(Sept. 7, 2021) → Read the full Los Altos Town Crier report
Immersive Los Gatos to Open in October

Opening Oct. 1, Immersive Los Gatos hopes to make its mark as a premier entertainment venue in the Bay Area, providing shows, dinner theater, and more.

(Sept. 6, 2021) → Read the full Los Gatan report
Limelight Theater Returns With ‘Ripcord’

Shortly after South Valley Civic Theatre assumed management of the Limelight theater in 2020, the pandemic shut down its debut production. On Sept. 10, the company returns with “Ripcord,” running through Oct. 2.

(Aug. 26, 2021) → Read the full Gilroy Dispatch report
An Iconic Bay Area Magazine Is Up for Grabs

Kenny Wardell Sr., the longtime managing director of BAM magazine, announced that both the venerable music magazine and the rest of the BAM Media’s assets are for sale.

(Aug. 10, 2021) → Read the full SiliconValley.com report
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