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November 2011 Calendar

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 wilcoxhigh.yearbook@gmail.com.

Through November 17 – “Rhythm III” Photo Exhibit at Main Street Café
“Rhythm III,” a group fine arts photo exhibit by several up-and-coming Bay area photographers, opens October 8 at the Main Street Café in Los Altos and runs through November 17. The photographers’ work was inspired by Dick Dischler’s Pre-Visualization and Mentoring Workshops held on an ongoing basis at Keeble & Shuchat Photography in Palo Alto. The exhibit runs through November 17 at the Main Street Cafe, 134 Main St, in Los Altos. An open reception is scheduled for Sunday, October 9 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The group’s work is available for sale at the exhibit.

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Ongoing: Modern Dance Class -Intermediate At Ariel Dance Studio, 2385 S. Winchester Blvd., Campbell, CA. Tuesdays and Thursdays, (9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.) first class $5/10 class card $100/drop-in $14. Call: 408-753-9004 or e-mail: heather@aherndance.com

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

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

Through November 13 “My Three Angels” presented by Santa Clara Players at the Triton Museum Hall Pavilion
The play takes place on Christmas Day, revolving around three convicts in a French penal colony who prove that there are many facets to justice. Dates: Oct. 28, Nov. 4-5, 10-12, & 17-19 at 8 p.m.; and Oct. 30 & Nov. 6 & 13 at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.scplayers.org.

November 4 through 12 – “Little Shop of Horrors” – Santa Clara University Center of Performing Arts
“Little Shop of Horrors” is a rock musical about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood. The music is in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo wop and early Motown and includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, “Skid Row (Downtown)”, “Somewhere That’s Green”, & “Suddenly, Seymour”. Location: Mayer Theatre, Santa Clara University Campus, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. Tuesday to Thursday 7:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. Tickets: Regular – $15, SCU-Seniors & Students: $10. For more information, call (408) 554-4015 or visit http://www.scupresents.org/performances/shows/little-shop-of-horrors.html

November 4 – Our Environment Matters Concert at Santa Clara Convention Center
$10, concert starts at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Santa Clara Rotary and organized by SingingRecord/PotMax Inc. This concert is a KICKOFF Concert for Environmental causes. Featured performers include Jesse Charles Band; Pacific Soul; World Music Band and others. Tickets  www.singingingrecord.com/eventsSinging for a GREENER Tomorrow- Bringing Communities together for the Environment—Seven bands- Korean- Mexican- Latin Afro rhythms- American Rock-Filipino- Indian and more www.singingrecord.com

November 4 – California Cowboys at Neto’s Market & Grill
Neto’s Market & Grill, 1313 Franklin St. www.netosmarketandgrill.com for additional information.

November 5-6 – Fall Train Show at Santa Clara Depot
The Fall Open House and Train Show of the South Bay Historical Railroad Society is at the historic Santa Clara Depot, 10 am to 5 pm each day. Admission is $5 for all persons 18 years and older. The SBHRS Open House includes two museum-quality model train displays (HO- and N-scale), numerous railroad historical artifacts, historical structures, and video programs on display for visitors to the event. Come on down and talk trains with your friends and members of the SBHRS. SBHRS is located at 1005 Railroad Avenue. For more information, call(408) 243-3969 or visit http://sbhrs.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=1&Itemid=80

November 6 – eBooks Expo at Santa Clara Library Redwood Room
Have you heard all the buzz about e-readers and e-books? Curious to know more? Or maybe you are thinking of an e-reader for the holidays.
At our open house event you will have a chance to hear from experts in the industry see the devices close-up.
You can even bring your own e-reader device, and get individual advice on how to get the most out of it. Learn more about Santa Clara City Library’s e-book collection, how to search for books and music, and down load them to enjoy.
1:30 to 4 p.m., Redwood Room, Santa Clara Library, 2635 Homestead Road. For more information call the library at 408-615-2900 or visit http://library.santaclaraca.gov/

November 9 – Dr. Susan Hockfield, President, MIT – Revving Up America’s Innovation Engine
President Hockfield will discuss a range of key priorities, from fostering research at the intersection of the life sciences and engineering to seizing the opportunities of advanced manufacturing. Time: Check-in 6:30 p.m.; Program 7:30 p.m. Location: Kellogg Auditorium, Silicon Valley Bank, 3005 Tasman Drive. Price: $12 Members; $20 Non-Members. For tickets call 1-800-847-7730 or register online at http://commonwealthclub.org/events/2011-11-09/dr-susan-hockfield-president-mit

November 11 – Stars & Stripes Veterans Salute Dance at The Avalon
Stars & Stripes Veterans Salute & dance on Friday, November 11 at The Avalon, 777 Lawrence presented by Gary Vecchiarelli Productions, Las Vegas. Featuring London’s #1 swing band, The Jive Aces with guest vocalist Toni Elisabeth Prima (daughter of Louis Prima and Keely Smith) plus The Bobbysox Brigade professional swing dance troupe. Tickets: $19, Veterans FREE. Swing dance lesions at 7 p.m., dancing from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Call 800-385-2323 for more information.

November 11 – Veteran’s Day Ceremony
3 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial on Kiely Blvd.
http://santaclaraveteransmemorial.com/

November 11 through 20 – “Stuart Little” – Roberta Jones Junior Theatre
This musical version of the classic E.B. White book about a little mouse born into a normal New York family tells the exciting tale of a determined “underdog” trying to survive in a “real people’s world”. Tickets: Adults: $8; Child: $5. Performances on Nov. 11, 12, 18 & 19 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 13 & 20 at 2 p.m. at Mary Louise Mello Auditorium at Community Recreation Center, 969 Kiely Blvd. For more information, call (408) 615-3140.

November 11 – Pianist Teresa McCollough and Wet Ink Concert – Santa Clara University Center of Performing Arts
Continuing the tradition of innovative, cutting edge music, internationally known pianist and new music maverick, Teresa McCollough, welcomes WET INK, a New York-based composer/performer collective whose repertoire features music from the American experimental tradition and the contemporary European avant-garde, ranging from acoustic to amplified electronic works. This concert presents new music by Alvin Singleton, Alex Shapiro, and Sam Pluta, in addition to the world premiere of a newly commissioned work for McCollough and the ensemble, by Descalzi winner and alumna Sally Mitchell (class of 2011). Location: Music Recital Hall, Santa Clara University 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: Regular – $15, SCU-Seniors & Seniors – $10. For more information, call (408) 554-4015 or visit http://www.scupresents.org/performances/shows/teresa-mccollough-and-wet-ink.html

November 12 – Veterans Craft Faire at American Legion Post 419
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at American Legion Post 419, 958 Homestead at Lafayette. Vendors register by October 1, $40, or $45 by November 1. Visit www.alpost419ca.org or E-mail eventsALA419@yahoo.com for more information.

November 11-20 – “Stuart Little” – Roberta Jones Junior Theatre
This musical version of the classic E.B. White book about a little mouse born into a normal New York family tells the exciting tale of a determined ‘underdog’ trying to survive in a ‘real people’s world’. Tix: Adults: $8; Child: $5. Performances on November 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. and November 13 & 20 at 2 p.m. at Mary Louise Mello Auditorium at Community Recreation Center, 969 Kiely Blvd. For more information, call (408) 615-3140.

November 12 – Bluegrass Music at Santa Clara Depot
Members of the Northern California Bluegrass Society (NCBS) now meet regularly at the Santa Clara Depot to host jam sessions celebrating bluegrass and other old-time music. And in honor of their performing site, many of the musical numbers are noteworthy railroad songs. The musicians entertain patrons and visitors to the depot and passengers awaiting Caltrain service. These jam sessions are currently scheduled for the second Saturday of each month. Saturday programs are performed between 12 to 3 p.m. Admission is FREE. SBHRS is located directly across from Santa Clara University. For more information, call (408) 243-3969 or visit http://sbhrs.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=131:bluegrass-music-at-santa-clara-depot&catid=1:latest-sbhrs-news-a-events&Itemid=80

November 12-13 – Silicon Valley Ski and Snowboard Festival at Santa Clara Convention Center
At the core of the San Francisco and Silicon Valley Ski and Snowboard Festivals lie our passion and love for the mountains. Spend two days exploring gear manufacturer booths, interactive ski resort exhibits, a live snow play arena and the biggest winter sale you’ve ever seen. For more information, visit http://www.sfskifest.com/.

November 13 – Fall Jazz & Big Band Concert – Santa Clara University Center of Performing Arts
Heat up your night! Swing to the music, get energized with tunes from the Big Band Era or mellow to the soothing sounds of cool jazz with this hot concert. Location: Music Recital Hall, Center of Performing Arts Santa Clara University 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: Regular – $15; SCU, Seniors & Students – $10. For more information, call (408) 554-4015 or visit http://www.scupresents.org/performances/shows/fall-jazz-and-concert-band-concert.html

November 14 – Small Business Workshop at Library 3 to 5 p.m. Central Park Library Redwood Room
Small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs will learn how the programs of the Small Business Administration (SBA) can help them start, grow, and manage their companies. Experts from SBA and their resource partners will provide information on management training, access to financing, and access to federal government contracting opportunities. Benefits, eligibility requirements, and application procedures will be discussed. To reserve a space at this free SBA Workshop, stop by the Reference Desk or call (408) 615-2900.

November 17 – Parisian Delights Orchestra Concert – Santa Clara University Center of Performing Arts
Music by French composers or with a Parisian theme, featuring Concerto/Aria Competition winners. Pianist Bonnie Phan will perform the Larghetto movement from Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and flautist Gabriella Solis will perform Chaminade’s Concertino. Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, Bizet’s Roma and Saint-Saens’ Bachanale from Samson and Delilah round out the program. Location: Mayer Theater, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: Regular – $15; SCU – Seniors & Students – $10. For more information, call (408) 554-4015 or visit http://www.scupresents.org/performances/shows/parisian-delights-orchestra-concert.html

November 18-20 – Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo at Santa Clara Convention Center
The Santa Clara Expo spans 50,000 square feet at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Held since 1978, the Santa Clara Expo receives outstanding attendance. There are over 1,000 dealers and 5,000-8,000 public attendees each show from around the world. The expo also provides a venue for Dealers, Mints, Collectors, and Numismatic and Philatelic Organizations to gather, do business, market new products, present educational exhibits. Representatives of the American Numismatic Association and the Professional Numismatists Guild along with many other prominent authorities in their collectibles fields are featured speakers at educational forums and club meetings. In conjunction with every Santa Clara Expo you are sure to find the United States Postal Service. For more information, visit http://www.exposunlimited.com/

November 19 – Tony Lindsay at Neto’s Market & Grill As the vocalist for Santana for the past 20 years, Tony Lindsay has garnered 11 Grammy Awards, traveled on several world tours and recorded on seven CDs: Milagro (1992), Supernatural (1999), Shaman (2002), Ceremony (2003) and Food for Thought (2004), Ultimate Santana (2007) and Multi-Dimensional Warrior (2008). Lindsay puts on a fabulous show and will keep you dancing all night long.  $20 cover, two-drink minimum. Neto’s Market & Grill, 1313 Franklin St. Visit www.netosmarketandgrill.com for additional information.

November 19 – Friends of the Library Book Sale
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Central park Library. Offering more than 300 boxes of books for sale priced at 50 cents to $1 before 11:45 a.m., and $5 per grocery bag (we supply the bags) from Noon until 2 p.m.. Doors open at 9 a.m. for Friends Members. www.lovethelibrary.org

November 21 – Tom Brokaw, NBC Nightly News Special Correspondent at Betty Hangs Theatre at Santa Clara Convention Center
With all of the current political, social, and economic challenges facing our country, veteran television broadcaster Tom Brokaw asks “What happened to the America I thought I knew?” Time: 12:15 p.m. Check-In: 1:00 p.m. Program: 2:00 p.m. Book Signing Location: Elizabeth A. Hangs Theatre at Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway. Price: $45 – $115 (Includes copy of book). For tickets, call 1-800-847-7730 or visit http://commonwealthclub.org/events/2011-11-21/tom-brokaw

November 25 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 globalwonderland.org.

November 29 – Sister Cities Youth Commission Spaghetti Buffet Fundraiser Dinner
For information and reservations contact Debbie Pavao: dpavao.scsca@gmail.com

December 2 – Annual City of Santa Clara Holiday Tree Lighting
Feel the spirit of an old fashioned small town Christmas! The City of Santa Clara celebrates its annual “Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony” at 6:00 p.m. with a special celebration – the 100th birthday of Teddy, the stuffed bear that sits on top of the tree every year. Children are encouraged to bring their own teddy bears, have cocoa and take photographs with Teddy. The event will take place at the corner of Civic Center Drive and Lincoln Ave., Santa Clara. Donations of canned food for Second Harvest Food Bank and donations of new teddy bears for those in need are appreciated. For more information, please call (408) 615-3170 or visit www.santaclaraca.gov/index.aspx

December 2-3 – Santa Clara Historic Home Tour
Friday, December 2, 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, December 3 12 noon to 5 p.m. Tickets for the annual Santa Clara Historic Home Tour will go on sale beginning in October. The always-delightful Historic Home Tour began 33 years ago. One of the private homes on this year’s tour is the Oscar Eberhard House, a 1912 Period Revival Craftsman. Other architectural styles will also be represented. The public building on the tour will be the Harris-Lass House with its rooms festively decorated. For more information, call the museum hotline at (408) 249-7905.

December 2 through 11 – The Christmas Mouse Presented by Santa Clara Players
The Santa Clara Players will perform the original play by Michael Antonucci based on the music of Linda Arnold for children ages four and up.

This is the tale of Mrs. Robinson who is determined to win the Gingerbread House contest this year. But a Christmas mouse, who lives with the Robinsons, needs food for his family and friends and finds her creation. Unfortunately, the mouse has no self-control and destroys the entire gingerbread house, which renders him quite ill. Eventually, with some outside help, things get better and the mouse learns quite a lot about life and getting along with big people.

Performances are at 7 p.m. on December 2 and 9, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on December 3 and 10 and 3 p.m. on December 4 and 11 at the Triton Hall Pavilion behind the Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Avenue. Tickets are $10. Visit scplayers.org for more information.

December 3 – Toys for Tots Drive & Holiday Festival at the South Bay Historical Society (SBHRS)
The SBHRS will host a festival of Christmas and other Holiday Music, the service of Hot Coffee, Hot Chocolate and Hot Cider, and of course, the operations of both the HO-scale and N-scale model train layouts. And don’t forget to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a needy child in the Bay Area! SBHRS is hosting this event in lieu Caltrain’s Holiday Train Toys for Tots Program, which has been suspended by Caltrain due to budget issues. SBHRS is located at 2011 Toys for Tots Drive, Santa Clara. (408) 243-3969. http://sbhrs.org/

December 3 – Breakfast With Santa
Santa is making a special visit to Santa Clara this year to have breakfast with children who sign up with at least one adult per family. The Santa Clara High School Booster Club will prepare a tasty breakfast of pancakes, sausage, milk, juice and coffee and children can have their photo taken with Santa and create unique holiday crafts. The event starts at 9 a.m. at the Santa Clara Senior Center. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. Cost is $14 for residents and $18 for non-residents. Call 408-615-3140 for more information.

December 3 – Santa Clara Woman’s Club Fashion Show
“Ring in the season with fashion, food, and fun” is the theme for the annual event.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m., David’s Restaurant, 5151 Stars & Stripes Drive.
Fashions courtesy of Designer’s Corner.
Tickets are $45. Proceeds to benefit preservation of the Historic Adobe and other charitable projects.
Visit www.santaclarawomansclub.org for more information or E-mail fashiontics@santaclatawomansclub.org.

December 3 – Harmony Celebration at Santa Clara Convention Center
Voices in Harmony (VIH), Northern California’s Premier Men’s A Cappella Chorus, is an award-winning, all-volunteer, 90+ voice male chorus known for its mastery of technically demanding close harmony. Performance times: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.vihchorus.org/

December 9 and 11 – “Comfort and Joy” – Santa Clara Chorale Concert
Dec. 9 & Dec. 11 only. In its highly popular tradition of “Comfort and Joy”, the Santa Clara Chorale this year features music for choir and brass. Performances will include John Rutter’s “Gloria”, Sir Hubert Perry’s anthem “I Was Glad”, and Michael Praetorius”, “In Dulci Jubilo”. Traditional carols will also be performed. Concert begins at 8 p.m. on Dec. 9th and 4 p.m. on Dec. 11, both in Mission Santa Clara, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. For more information, visit http://www.scc.org/

December 10 – Holiday Craft Faire at Central Park Library
Will be held in the Redwood Room of the Central Park Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Everyone is invited to attend for a bit of holiday spirit and shopping. Vendor cost is $25 per table and applications are available at the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends office on the second floor of the Library, 2365 Homestead Road. Items should be primarily handmade; no food sales will be allowed. Spaces are limited and will be juried. Proceeds benefit Library programs. For more information, call 408-615-2988.

December 10 – Bluegrass Music at Santa Clara Depot
Members of the Northern California Bluegrass Society (NCBS) now meet regularly at the Santa Clara Depot to host jam sessions celebrating bluegrass and other old-time music. And in honor of their performing site, many of the musical numbers are noteworthy railroad songs. The musicians entertain patrons and visitors to the depot and passengers awaiting Caltrain service. These jam sessions are currently scheduled for the second Saturday of each month. Saturday’s programs are performed between 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is FREE. SBHRS is located directly across the street from Santa Clara University. For more information, call (408) 243-3969 or visit http://sbhrs.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=131:bluegrass-music-at-santa-clara-depot&catid=1:latest-sbhrs-news-a-events&Itemid=80

December 10-11 – Santa Clara Ballet Nutcracker
Artistic Director Josefa Villanueva presents the full-length traditional version of this holiday classic. Guest artists will join local dancers. Santa Clara Convention Center’s Elizabeth A. Hangs Theatre. Check back for performance times, or visit http://www.santaclaraballet.com/

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 http://www.missioncityopera.org/

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 http://www.scu.edu/visitors/speakerseries/2012/

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 http://www.scplayers.org/

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 http://www.scc.org/#concerts

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 http://santaclaraca.gov/index.aspx?page=239

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 http://www.scu.edu/visitors/speakerseries/2012/

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 http://www.scc.org/#concerts

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 http://www.scplayers.org/.

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 http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=2062&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en

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 http://santaclaraca.gov/index.aspx?page=239

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