May 13--It's been 50 years since Louise Benson began giving food to the poor in her parish from her Willow Glen home, the beginnings of what would become Sacred Heart Community Service. And now, Sacred Heart is inviting the community to help launch its yearlong golden anniversary celebration on Saturday.
The family-friendly event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Spartan Stadium practice field at the corner of South 10th Street and Alma Avenue. There'll be carnival-style treats and games, live music, as well as information booths on Sacred Heart's programs. A bilingual program to highlight volunteers and donors will start at 2:30 p.m. and will end the way any good birthday party should -- with cake. (Print a ticket to attend at www.sacredheartcs.org).
Of course, this is just part of a yearlong effort that includes "50 Strong," a campaign to raise $2 million and a gala in October.
OPENING KNIGHT: It was quite a theatrical evening Saturday night at Los Gatos Brewing Co. in downtown San Jose for about 100 people who were at "Your Night of Knights," a fundraiser for City Lights Theater Company. The patio party was inspired by City Lights' production of "Spamalot" in July, and the entertainment -- including a roving magician and a "face reader" -- would have fit right into a Monty Python sketch.
I got a chance to chat with Executive Artistic Director Lisa Mallette and Board President Marvin Bamburg about the upcoming season, which will include a play written for City Lights about the 1914 Christmas truce during World War I and "West Side Story."
Of course, City Lights still has this season to get through, and coming up next is Julia Cho's "The Language Archive," a play about linguists that should keep audiences on their toes: Many passages are in Esperanto and in a fictional language called Elloway. It opens at the downtown theater May 29.
SUNNYVALE SOCK HOP: It was all poodle skirts and vinyl records Thursday for Sunnyvale Community Services' "Fabulous '50s Party" to thank its major donors and volunteers. More than 250 people were rockin' out at the Historic Del Monte Building on Murphy Avenue.
Sunnyvale Community Services' Executive Director Marie Bernard donned her saddle shoes and former board president Steve Harms of Union Bank crooned for the crowd. The honorees included many longtime donors and volunteers, as well as a few groups -- like Yahoo! and SanDisk -- that would have seemed downright futuristic back in the '50s.
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