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December 2011 Calendar

Ongoing: Need to shed holiday pounds?
Try chasing your new foster child around – excellent exercise! And providing a home for a child in need. Seeking foster parents for 13 y/o Marco. Removed from troubled home, he’s grown up too quickly. Enjoys reading, videogames, animals – needs guidance and love to thrive and learn to be a kid again. Contact 888-922-5437 or Learn more about Marco and youth like him. Informational meetings first Thursday each month, 6-8pm, 1671 The Alameda Suite 201, SJ.

Ongoing – Farmers Market Every Saturday morning The Downtown Santa Clara Farmers Market continues its popular year-round engagement every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jackson Street between Benton and Homestead. Each season brings in new crops of fruits and vegetables (look for greens, winter squash, and late berries in the autumn). Check out colorful bouquets of cut flowers for your home, or plants for your patio and garden. Call 408-241-1281 for more information.

Ongoing – Fifty Years Young! 50 years already? Yes! This year is Adrian Wilcox High School’s 50th birthday! With this year being such a remarkable landmark in Wilcox history, the WHS yearbook staff needs your help. We need all of you Charger and even WARRIOR alumni to pull out those photo albums and search for those high school memories. We would love to incorporate the past five decades of charger life. Every graduating class, every change, every student is important. We want to see what the quad looked like when you were a student, how you remember the hallways, the teachers, the dances, the games, EVERY aspect of Wilcox history. If you have any photos, memories or any stories you would like to share and be a part of this year’s yearbook, please send your submissions to


Through March 31, 2012 – City of Santa Clara’s Biennial Indoor Sculpture Exhibition
The City of Santa Clara’s Biennial Indoor Sculpture Exhibition has dozens of pieces of art on display at City Hall, 1500 Warburton Ave., through March 2012. The public is encouraged to tour this free exhibition, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, call (408) 615-2210.

Ongoing – Karaoke contest at Neto’s Market & Grill – every Monday evening
Neto’s Market & Grill, 1313 Franklin St. for additional information.

Ongoing – Pro Jam – every Tuesday Bluesday at Neto’s Market & Grill 6 to 9 p.m.
Neto’s Market & Grill, 1313 Franklin St. for additional information.

Ongoing – Live Event Trivia – Every Wednesday at Neto’s Market & Grill 
Neto’s Market & Grill, 1313 Franklin St. for additional information.

Through January 2 – Global Winter Wonderland at California’s Great America Parking Lot
An enchanting five-acre Global Village featuring more than 40 illuminated structures, some as high as 40 feet will replicate some of the World’s most iconic landmarks, holiday themes and traditions. The village will also include holiday food, arts and crafts, dance and music performances from around the World. The event is produced by the International Culture Exchange Group, an international event organizer working to promote cultural exchange between countries. Hours: Weekdays (Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.). Weekends (Friday to Sunday 11 a.m. to Midnight). Thanksgiving Weekend: November 25-27, December 2-4, December 9-11 and Consecutive Days December 16 to January 2. These beautiful and amazing Chinese lanterns have never been presented in California or the U.S. on this scale. Features hand painted lighted replicas made of silk & wire of 40 beautiful iconic structures, plus holiday cuisine for purchase, Global Marketplace & Live Entertainment. Adults: $10; Children (5-12) & Seniors (62+): $8. For more information, visit

December 18-19 – “Truce of Carols” & “Amahl and the Night Visitors” – Mission City Opera Mission City Opera
“Truce of Carols” by Michael Taylor, followed by “Amahl and the Night Visitors”, a one act opera by Gian Carlo Menotti that has become a holiday tradition. Performances are at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Mission City Center for Performing Arts, 3250 Monroe St., Santa Clara. Tickets are priced from $15 to $45. For more information, call (408) 749-7607, or visit

January 7-8 – Wedding Faire & Symposium at Santa Clara Convention Center
The 2012 Wedding Faire will feature a series of classes called “The Wedding Symposium”. Four of the top Celebrity Wedding Planners will share their expertise and teach both Brides & Industry Professionals about their style, innovation and an up close and personal view of how they create amazing Weddings! This is an unparalleled experience that includes workshops, designer decor, mentoring sessions, a Wedding Luncheon and book signing. For more information, visit

January 20-22 – South Bay Home & Garden Show
For over 31 years the South Bay Home and Garden Show has assembled the finest Bay Area based Home Remodeling and Home Improvement Experts under one roof for you to shop. Tickets are $10 Adult, $6 Senior 65+, Children under 16 Free with parent or guardian. Time: 12 noon to 7pm Friday, 10am to 7pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday. For more information, visit

January 26 – SCU President’s Speaker Series – Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak
Santa Clara University’s President’s Speaker Series presents Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist, Steve Wozniak at Mayer Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products. In 1976, Wozniak & Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. For more information, visit

February 4 – 13th Annual Santa Clara High School Crab Feed
All you can eat salad, garlic bread, pasta and crab!
Raffle prizes, Silent Auction, Music and Dancing!
San Jose Scottish Right Center, 2455 Masonic Drive, San Jose
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Ticket price: $50 per person- credit card, check or cash accepted (pre-purchase only – no purchase at door). For more info or to purchase tickets contact: Patrice Anderson at 408-423-2639 or
Donations for Silent Auction please contact: Peg Tushak at 408-423-2610 or

February 24 to March 17 – Santa Clara Players’ Dial M for Murder
Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her for a fee of one thousand pounds, and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. Dates: Feb. 24, March 2-3, 8-10, 15-17 at 8 p.m. Triton Museum Hall Pavilion. For more information, visit

March 16 – “Music of the Americas” Santa Clara Chorale
This exciting program explores the musical styles and traditions of the New World, from Canada’s Cape Bretton Island to Argentina. Like last March’s popular “Sounds of the Stage,””Music of the Americas” features Broadway favorites and jazz standards. Enjoy the best of North America with mesmerizing Appalachian and Canadian folk favorites, bluegrass, and spirituals. As we head to the south, you’ll tap your toes to the infectious rhythm of Latin America’s best dance beats, such as the tango, and works by Argentinian composers Ariel Ramirez, Oscar Escalada, and others. Performance time: 8 p.m. Location: Mission Santa Clara de Asis on the campus of Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. For more information, call (408) 883-4722 or visit

March 23 through April 1 – “Hello Dolly!” – Mission City Center for Performing Arts Join us on a whirlwind race around New York at the turn of the twentieth century, as we follow the adventures of America’s most beloved matchmaker– Dolly Levi! “Hello, Dolly!” is full of memorable songs. The winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Hello, Dolly!” is a Broadway classic that delights audiences of all ages! Location: Mission City Center for Performing Arts, 3250 Monroe St., at corner of Calabazas. Tickets: $8 Adults, $5 Children (ages 18 & younger). 3/23-24, 3/30-31 at 7 p.m. 3/25 & 4/1 at 2 p.m. For more information, visit

April 5 – SCU President’s Speaker Series – James McLurkin
Santa Clara University’s President’s Speaker Series presents James McLurkin at Mayer Theatre at 7:30 p.m. McLurkin thinks swarm robotics is the future. The group of robots in his lab have worked together to navigate new terrain and cooperated to play music using these very techniques. Applications of this technology could be far-ranging, according to McLurkin, including the exploration of planets. For more information, visit

May 4 – “Carmina Burana” Santa Clara Chorale
For a spectacular grand finale concert and gala, this concert features all four of the Chorale’s artistic directors, founder David Wilson, Lynn Shurtleff, Thomas Colohan, and Ryan James Brandau. Revel in the glory of Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Brahms’ Schicksalslied, and the work more beloved by Chorale patrons than any other, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. The Symphony Silicon Valley, a longtime partner of the Chorale, accompanies the Chorale in this unforgettable evening of celebration and song. Performance time: 8:00 p.m. Location: Mission Santa Clara de Asis on the campus of Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. For more information, call (408) 883-4722 or visit

May 18 through June 3 – Santa Clara Players’ The Nerd
Willum Cubbert has often told his friends about the debt he owes to Rick Steadman, whom he has never met but who saved his life in Vietnam. He has written to Rick to say that, as long as he is alive, “you will have somebody on Earth who will do anything for you” so Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly. Delight soon fades as Rick stays on and on, his continued presence leading to one uproarious incident after another, until the normally placid Willum finds himself contemplating violence, a dire development which is staved off by the surprising ending. Dates: May 18, 25-26, 31 & June 1-2, 7-9 at 8 p.m.; May 20, 27 & June 3 at 2:30 p.m. Triton Museum Hall Pavilion. For more information, visit

May 28 – Santa Clara Aquamaids Synchronized Swimming Exhibition
The renowned Santa Clara Aquamaids will take to the pool for a Synchronized Swimming Exhibition at the George F. Haines International Swim Center.

May 31 through June 3 – Santa Clara International Grand Prix Swim Meet
The USA Swimming Grand Prix Series wraps up in Northern California once again at the George F. Haines International Swim Center. This is a major tune-up for the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. For more information, visit

July 24-26 – “Gulliver’s Travels” – Mission City Center for Performing Arts
“Many, many years ago there lived a man named Gulliver. The spirit of adventure burned deeply within him. He longed to sail the seven seas in ships with masts as high as the eye could see”. Join us as we bring this delightful adaptation of the classic Jonathan Swift novel to life in a hilarious and thoughtful musical for all ages. Location: Mission City Center for Performing Arts, 3250 Monroe St, corner of Calabazas. 7/24-26 at 7 p.m. Tix: $8 Adults, $5 Children (ages 18 and younger). For more information, visit


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