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exhibit about ohlone tribe to open at de anza college oct. 23 – the mercury news


the sayers have a saying: “when ceremony and dancing stop, so does the earth.”at indian canyon in hollister, the only land continuously held by the ohlone–the first inhabitants of the san francisco and monterey regions–ceremonies are more than just regularly held events; they’re a way of life for the indigenous people.“we are still here and we’re not invisible, but the dominant society feels as though we are,” said anne marie sayers, tribal chairwoman of the mile-long indian canyon. “quite a number of people think we’re dead, but we’re still here living on this land and still having ceremonies.”one day, it’ll be sayers’ 29-year-old daughter, kanyon, who’ll inherit the land and continue her tribe’s traditions, but for now the 68-year-old anne marie, who in addition to ohlone also has swedis






forfeits by ohlone change playoff landscape for csm


the race to the top of the j.c. softball standings in the coast north featured a tug-of-war between college of san mateo, foothill college and ohlone college.at least until last week, when ohlone had to forfeit seven games, including five in conference, for use of an ineligible player.the main beneficiary was foothill, which had its 3-1 loss on march 2 to ohlone overturned, thereby moving the owls into a two-way tie in the loss column with csm entering this week.“this has been an interesting year,” csm coach nicole borg said on wednesday. “obviously much more competition on our side of the conference, which is great. both pitchers at foothill and ohlone have done a really good job. and ohlone forfeiting the games put foothill in the position to tie for a coast conference championship with






de anza bike share program a hit with students – the mercury news


de anza college has a robust bike sharing program of its own, tailored to student needs.supported with $20,000 from the college’s student council and environmental sustainability committee, the de anza associated student body bike program started in 2014 with a total of 60 bikes. the idea, said frank clark, the program’s coordinator, was to provide international students, many of whom don’t own cars, a way to get around their community.“most of the students that take advantage of the program are international students that have just come into the country and are starting to orient themselves into cupertino and silicon valley,” he said.the bikes, which are free for students, tend to go fast during the school year. sometimes there’s even a waiting list for them, clark said. students can keep






trump immigration policy worries table tennis champ


uncertainty regarding the immigration policy of president donald trump is causing anxiety for an ohlone college student who also happens to be a table tennis national champion.a native of china, ying (emily) wang said her fear of being sent back home or not being able to find a job after graduation resonates among the more than 420 international students from nearly 30 countries at ohlone.some students feel they don’t have a chance to succeed in america under the trump presidency, wang said.“it’s scary,” she said in a phone interview on friday.the 23-year-old came to america three years ago on a student visa. she lived in milpitas for two years before moving to fremont.wang has served as a senator on the college’s governing student body, known as the associated students of ohlone college,






$2.15 million grant paves path from community colleges to usf


the foothill-de anza community college district and the university of san francisco have received $2.15 million in grants from the andrew w. mellon foundation to create a transfer program to help underserved students earn four-year degrees in the humanities.the grants will begin next fall and support 70 humanities mellon scholars at foothill college and de anza college by providing students with a two-year foundation in the humanities, resources to transfer to four-year college degree programs and support at usf. the grants will fund faculty mentoring, course materials two quarters of paid internships and several scholarships, among other things.the grants will help set up a guaranteed transfer pathway to some usf humanities programs, and also will foster collaborative teaching and researc






berkeley shellmound proposal comment deadline extended again – the mercury news


berkeley — the city has once more extended the public review and comment period for a proposed development on the city-landmarked west berkeley shellmound site, to march 13. the extension, announced friday by principal planner shannon allen, is the third, after previous extensions from the original jan. 5 to jan. 12, then feb. 9.but it falls short of the 120-day extension recommended on thursday by the landmarks preservation commission to allow native ohlone/lisjan people to provide consultation to the city. activists have criticized the city for previously consulting almost exclusively with andrew galvan, a chochenyo ohlone who is president of ohlone indian tribe inc. of fremont.galvan also is a consultant to the development team for the site, at 1900 fourth st..west berkeley investors ha






'kids' ted talks' set at de anza college


a student-to-student conference, a mini ted talk for kids, will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. saturday at de anza college in cupertino.about 100 students will offer 15-minute presentations at stu2stu, as it’s known, on 80 topics ranging from “making a mini rainbow unicorn cake” and “why you should invest in gold” to “gear ball physics” and “ does chewing gum improve test scores?”the conference, which is is free and open to the public, provides a chance for students to learn from each other and network with peers who share common interests and enjoy learning.the conference is co-sponsored by the california association for the gifted for the santa lucia region which includes santa clara, san benito, monterey, and santa cruz counties. for information, go to www.cagsantalucia.org.






de anza college student veterans featured on photo wall


war veterans who traded their boots for books are being featured at de anza college in a whole new light, as full human beings.“picturing humanity: de anza’s veteran scholars” is a special public art project that opened may 25 in the college’s registration and student services building.the project features “larger than life” portraits of six veterans-turned-students, some of whom had two photos taken to show both the military and civilian sides of their lives.the photos were taken by photo students at the college.tamica ward, dean of de anza’s enrollment services, was the mastermind behind the project. she wanted to not only honor student veterans for memorial day but also to paint a picture of inclusion.“our veteran students, when they come from the military, it’s a really hard transition






de anza students fight vta's increased eco pass costs


students from de anza college in cupertino mobilized to sway the santa clara valley transportation authority board of directors to not increase the cost of student fees for public transit passes by quite as much as planned.the “eco pass,” which every student at de anza and foothill colleges pays $9 for annually as part of their fees, allows students to use the agency’s public transportation for free.vta proposed raising the fee from $9 to $39 by january 2023 as part of larger plan to increase fares the board approved june 1. if the proposal had been approved, the annual pass fee would have increased by $5 every january until it reached $40.in response to the transit agency’s plan, de anza students put together an alternative proposal that will increase the community college student fee fro






sunnyvale putting two onizuka parcels on open market – the mercury news


the sunnyvale city council voted to put a 4.6-acre area at the former onizuka air force station up for sale on the open market, though a local community college district already has eyes on acquiring the two parcels in question.the unanimous vote puts parcels at 1050 and 1060 innovation way up for sale. the plot, located near a foothill college extension that opened last year, totals 5.02 acres, but only 4.6 can be developed.according to city staff, the land appraised in 2015 at $17 million. that money, city staff has suggested, could be used to pay for a renovation of the city’s aging civic center, which was built in 1958.previously, the city considered turning the land into a park, but those plans were based on also having ownership of an adjacent site which is now home to the foothill-d






atherton police department swears in a new officer – the mercury news


a new atherton police officer, daniel rojas, 27, was sworn in by comm. joe wade at the city council meeting on april 19.according to wade, who has been acting chief for more than a year, rojas graduated from the police academy at evergreen valley college in san jose, and also attended ohlone college in fremont.wade said rojas has worked security for the 49ers and also worked as a reserve officer for the menlo park police department.rojas will be assigned to working with field training officers for the next few months, said wade.city manager george rodericks on wednesday said the atherton police department still has vacancies for three officers. three candidates are in the background check process, he said, and “if all goes well over the next month or so, we will be at full staff.”the town






foothill college features exhibit on senegal muslims


foothill college photographer instructor ron herman will display photos highlighting religious diversity in senegal, in an exhibit from feb. 23 through march 30 at the krause center for innovation gallery at the college, 12345 el monte road, los altos hills.the “messengers of peace” exhibit feature the muridiyya, a senegalese brotherhood that blends african customs with traditional islamic practices. on a fulbright fellowship last year, herman researched sufi muslim brotherhoods in west africa and their coexistence in senegal with a christian minority.the exhibit’s opening on feb. 23 features a lecture by herman at 6 p.m. in room 1501 and a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  the documentary film “touba” will be screened at 2 p.m. feb. 28 in room 1501 and a gallery talk will be offered at noo






comic con panelist builds understanding between robots, humans – the mercury new


while his interest in star wars is what got him on the exhibit floor of the 2016 silicon valley comic con, matt ebisu’s focus has been the movies’ non-human characters.“the interesting thing about r2d2 and c3po is they came out in the ’70s and there’s still this love and compassion for them,” says ebisu, who exhibited at last year’s inaugural comic con with the south bay star wars club. “they’re seen as coworkers and not machines.”at this year’s comic con, the founder of cupertino-based maker space cupertinkers will be part of a panel that addresses how social robots like the star wars droids can improve the lives of their human “coworkers.”ebisu acknowledges we’re still pretty far away from having robot co-pilots and translators. “it’s still in the sci-fi realm. … we’re not at a level whe






history park exhibit shows there’s more than one way to be a fashion victim – th


while perusing history san jose’s textiles collection, staffers found a coat made of fur strips from cheetah’s paws. that discovery was the catalyst for “fashion to die for: a shopper’s dilemma,” on display through dec. 31 at the mckay gallery in history park.“thirty-eight cheetahs went into that gorgeous coat,” says katrina anderson, the exhibit’s co-curator.the exhibit also features an alligator bag with claws still intact, a guinea fowl hat and other furs that may give people pause.“it was a thing to wear stoles with the head and paws still on,” anderson says. “these are furs people remember their grandma wearing in the ’40s and ’50s.”although it’s hard not to feel sympathy for the animals involved, anderson says the exhibit is designed to present information about the fashions on displ






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89-year-old sows patches of color in richmond, el cerrito public spaces – the me


richmond — people passing by gil patchett’s home on dimm street are treated to an explosive blast of color from a garden made up of wildflowers.patchett, an 89-year-old retired chemist, has become a kind of johnny appleseed of native plants in his neighborhood, having planted the growth along key boulevard and kearney street at the ohlone greenway in el cerrito and in the triangle in the middle of intersection at dimm and barrett avenue in richmond.wildflowers grow along the ohlone greenway bike path in el cerrito, calif. on wednesday, may 17, 2017. these are some of the flowers planted bi gil patchett, a richmond resident who has been planting and tending wildflowers in public spaces for some 20 years. (kristopher skinner/bay area news group) “i started at the traffic triangle where richm






photos | super bloom at anza borrego


the desert is in bloom at anza-borrego state park.for borrego springs — the tiny town surrounded by the park — the super bloom has created a bit of pandemonium.joann maiter, a part-time employee of the borrego springs chamber of commerce, said she couldn’t remember how many phone calls she’d answered. dozens and dozens.“we’re swamped. you can’t even get into our visitor’s center right now,” she said, adding that nearly 300 people had already signed into the visitor’s log by noon on friday. “they’re coming from everywhere — absolutely everywhere: canada, minnesota, chicago.”(francine orr / los angeles times)mike lightner, of boulder, colo., photographs flowers at anza-borrego desert state park in san diego county.(francine orr / los angeles times) dune evening primrose blooms in the anza bo






rock hall to celebrate 50 years of rolling stone magazine


cleveland — the rock and roll hall of fame will celebrate 50 years of rolling stone magazine in a new exhibit set to open this spring in cleveland.the rock hall says the exhibit will explore the magazine's archive of award-winning music and political and cultural reporting. it will open in conjunction with the release of the book, "50 years of rolling stone."the exhibit will include rarely heard stories, original manuscripts, music reviews and audio interviews that spotlight the artists, writers and others who shared a special partnership with the magazine that debuted in 1967.highlights of cover images reaching back to rock 'n' roll pioneers such as elvis presley and chuck berry also will be included in the exhibit that opens may 5. it will close in november 2017.






rock hall to open new $15m 'power of rock' exhibit


cleveland — the rock and roll hall of fame is opening a $15 million exhibit this weekend that will give fans a taste of the hall's famous induction ceremonies.the cleveland-based museum will unveil its "power of rock" experience. the exhibit will feature a 12-minute reel of ceremony highlights by academy award-winning director jonathan demme.the film will be played on five moving screens accompanied by laser lights, concert smoke, and under-seat speakers.rock disciples also will see a prince outfit, a talking heads bass guitar, and other memorabilia from induction ceremonies on display.the exhibit is the centerpiece of a three-year overhaul of the hall of fame, which has inducted 802 artists since 1986. the "power of rock" exhibit opens to the public july 1.






hillside festival celebrates open space, nature in el cerrito – the mercury news


el cerrito — el cerrito’s celebration of its open space and nature is up for its fourth go-round this year on may 21.this year’s hillside festival will feature walking tours, poetry readings, nature education programs, meditation and yoga, and other attractions during an active day that begins at 10 a.m. and concludes in the early evening.the center of activities at the free festival will be the meadow by the main trailhead for the hillside natural area, located on schmidt lane near the el cerrito recycling center.the festival will kick off with a 10 a.m. a one-hour walk with a focus on native plant restoration led by janet gawthrop of the california native plant society.at 11, jenny hammer of the el cerrito trail trekkers will lead a walk through the natural area punctuated by a hunt for






delivery of today’s mercury news and east bay times newspapers delayed due to po


to all of our loyal subscribers: we apologize, but due to a significant power outage at our printing plant, delivery of the mercury news and east bay times will be significantly delayed today.we are working to restore full power to our presses so that we publish on time for friday’s publications.delivery of the mercury news entertainment tab, ​eye, will also be on friday.to read the e-edition electronic version of the newspaper click here for the mercury news and click here for the east bay times.






new college district office building breaks ground


construction has begun on a new foothill-de anza community college district office.the 24,000-square-foot, two-story building will be built on an existing piece of a parking lot at foothill college in los altos hills and is slated for completion in march 2018.according to the district, the building is expected to cost $18 million and will serve as office space for about 70 district administrative employees, including the chancellor, human resources, business services, purchasing and the district’s charitable foundation.the new building will also house the district’s monthly board of trustees meetings in a new boardroom that seats up to 215 people. small meeting rooms and extra storage for records will also be built.the district’s administrative employees have been working in five temporary






north dakota museum adds new wwi exhibit


bismarck, n.d. (ap) — the north dakota heritage center & state museum in bismarck has opened a new world war i exhibit.the “north dakota and the great war” is one of several exhibits commemorating the 100th anniversary of the war, the minot daily news reported. it will be displayed through fall 2018.the exhibit features a variety of items from wwi including veteran uniforms. the exhibit also explains the impact the war had on north dakota and how residents supported the war effort.other wwi exhibits in the museum include an exhibit examining women’s activities in north dakota and canada, unique objects and a state archives collection of wwi propaganda posters.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeksabout 31,000 of the state’s residents served in wwi, according to the exhib






rock hall to open new $15m ‘power of rock’ exhibit


cleveland (ap) — the rock and roll hall of fame is opening a $15 million exhibit this weekend that will give fans a taste of the hall’s famous induction ceremonies.the cleveland-based museum will unveil its “power of rock” experience. the exhibit will feature a 12-minute reel of ceremony highlights by academy award-winning director jonathan demme.the film will be played on five moving screens accompanied by laser lights, concert smoke, and under-seat speakers.rock disciples also will see a prince outfit, a talking heads bass guitar, and other memorabilia from induction ceremonies on display.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the exhibit is the centerpiece of a three-year overhaul of the hall of fame, which has inducted 802 artists since 1986. the “power of rock” exhi






possible human bones unearthed during work at alameda school – the mercury news


alameda — workers renovating historic alameda high school to make it earthquake safe found what appeared to be human bones on monday morning.the several pieces were in the area of the school’s science wing and were turned over to the alameda county sheriff’s office, which is expected to have a forensic anthropologist examine them and determine their origin.the school was built in 1925 and so investigators think the bones could be american indian, especially since similar fragments have been occasionally unearthed in the city.in june 2013 a worker repaving a walkway in the 1400 block of mound street found a portion of a skull and a jaw bone with teeth, as well as several smaller fragments. the coroner’s office later confirmed the bones were from someone who was an american indian, police sa






california desert transforms during wildflower ‘super bloom’


a file photo of anza-borrego desert state park, calif., blooming after a wet winter.(photo: bob gibbons) 4435 connectlinkedinemailmorea colorful array of wildflowers are popping up in california’s anza-borrego desert state park.the so-called “super bloom” is the first big bloom in at least 12 years, according to park officials, the san diego tribune reported. while winter rains allowed mother nature to put on a bigger show than usual, the flowers may not last long due to winds and caterpillars in the area, sally theriault, state park interpreter with the anza-borrego desert state park, told the tribune.“i’ll go out on a limb and say it’ll last probably a week or two, but those caterpillars are a force of nature to be reckoned with for sure,” theriault said.the anza-borrego desert national






california desert transforms during wildflower ‘super bloom’


a file photo of anza-borrego desert state park, calif., blooming after a wet winter.(photo: bob gibbons) 1567 connectlinkedinemailmorea colorful array of wildflowers are popping up in california’s anza-borrego desert state park.the so-called “super bloom” is the first big bloom in at least 12 years, according to park officials, the san diego tribune reported. while winter rains allowed mother nature to put on a bigger show than usual, the flowers may not last long due to winds and caterpillars in the area, sally theriault, state park interpreter with the anza-borrego desert state park, told the tribune.“i’ll go out on a limb and say it’ll last probably a week or two, but those caterpillars are a force of nature to be reckoned with for sure,” theriault said.the anza-borrego desert national






berkeley shellmound eir prompts call for do-over from landmarks commission – the


berkeley — an environmental report for a proposed development on the west berkeley shellmound site got a cool reception and a call for a do-over from the landmarks preservation commission.“the deir (draft environmental impact report) is seriously deficient in content, scope, and findings,” the commission found by an 8-0 vote feb. 2. “we recommend the cultural resources section of the document in particular be withdrawn, re-written, and recirculated.”west berkeley investors has applied to build 155 apartments, about 30,000 square feet of stores and restaurants and a six-level parking garage on the block bounded by fourth street, university avenue, the union pacific railroad tracks, and hearst avenue. the 2.2-acre project site, at 1900 fourth street, is part of the city-landmarked west berke






lincoln museum to showcase cub-cardinals rivalry


springfield, ill. — the abraham lincoln presidential museum plans to unveil an exhibit chronicling the history of the rivalry between the chicago cubs and the st. louis cardinals.museum officials say "cubs vs. cardinals: the rivalry" was developed with the help of both teams and the national baseball hall of fame. the exhibit is to open march 24.hall of fame president jeff idelson said in a statement the intent of the exhibit is to "animate the stories associated with one of baseball's most celebrated rivalries."items planned for the exhibit includes the second-base bag stolen by the cardinals' lou brock to break the modern record for steals in a season, and the cap worn by cubs pitcher kerry wood when he struck out 20 batters.






rock hall of fame to open $15m ‘power of rock’ exhibit


cleveland (ap) — the rock and roll hall of fame is opening a $15 million exhibit that will give fans a taste of its famous induction ceremonies.the cleveland-based museum will unveil its “power of rock” experience this weekend. it gave the associated press an early look wednesday.the exhibit will feature a 12-minute reel of ceremony highlights by academy award-winning director jonathan demme. the film will be played on five moving screens accompanied by laser lights, concert smoke and under-seat speakers.rock disciples also will see a prince outfit, a talking heads bass guitar and other memorabilia from induction ceremonies.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the exhibit is the centerpiece of a three-year overhaul of the hall of fame, which has inducted 802 artists si






judge mulling whether tribe’s suit against state can proceed


hartford, conn. (ap) — a connecticut judge is considering whether to dismiss a lawsuit against the state by the schaghticoke tribal nation, which is seeking $610 million for land it says the state seized from 1801 to 1918.the state has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit based on government immunity. state officials also are questioning the tribe’s standing to file the lawsuit because at least two other factions of the tribe claim leadership authority. the connecticut law tribune reports that hartford superior court judge thomas moukawsher held a hearing on the motion to dismiss last week and is now mulling whether to approve it.the tribe alleges the state took 2,000 of the 2,400 acres in the tribe’s reservation in western connecticut and sold the land, but never compensated the tribe.mo






fort sill apache gets grant to build fuel station


las cruces, n.m. (ap) — the fort sill apache tribe has been awarded $800,000 from the federal government to help build a fuel station on its property in southern new mexico.tribal chairman jeff haozous tells the las cruces sun-news (http://bit.ly/2nktmqw) that details still need to be worked out for the project at akela flats, but he believes it will be larger than a similar project the tribe recently started in oklahoma.that $2.5 million project includes construction of a 4,000-square-foot convenience store and a gas station.work on the new mexico project is expected to begin next year.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the fort sill apache tribe is based in oklahoma. but the federal government in 2011 designed a 30-acre parcel between las cruces and deming as the t






american indian tribe fights texas to keep bingo center open


livingston, texas (ap) — historically averse to anything resembling casino-style gambling, texas officials are now going after a thriving electronic bingo center run by an american indian tribe, nearly a year after the machines began filling a rustic building on historic land north of houston.the alabama-coushatta tribe runs the naskila gaming entertainment center, named for their word for dogwood trees that populate the piney woods of east texas. the operation has so far created more than 400 jobs — including about 200 for the tribe’s 1,200 members — and added $5 million to the local economy, said carlos bullock, a former tribal council chairman.“we are in the fight for our future,” bullock said. “this is something, a revenue stream, that can help the tribe immensely.”but state attorneys






new julia child exhibit to premiere in napa


yountville’s napa valley museum will be celebrating the legacy of culinary luminary julia child this winter with a new photographic exhibit that features black and white photos taken by paul child during the childs’ post-war days in paris and the french countryside.the exhibit, “france is a feast: the photographic journey of paul and julia child,” opens on nov. 11 with a celebration honoring child’s grand-nephew alex prud’homme and curator katie pratt, who co-authored the book “france is a feast (thames & hudson).the exhibit’s premiere offers an added layer of fun via an audio tour that includes julia child’s voice — chortling “bon appetit,” no doubt — and interviews with chefs jacques pépin, thomas keller and cindy pawlcyn.tickets to the opening festivities, which run from 5 to 8 p.m. nov






kalispel tribe sues federal government over ok of competing casino


the kalispel tribe sued the department of the interior for giving the spokane tribe a rare approval for an off-reservation casino not far from the kalispels’ 15-year-old northern quest casino.spokane — the kalispel tribe sued the u.s. government tuesday over its approval of a rival casino project by the spokane tribe in the lucrative spokane gambling market.the kalispel tribe sued the department of the interior for giving the spokane tribe a rare approval for an off-reservation casino about two miles from the kalispel tribe’s 15-year-old northern quest casino.the new casino “will have a devastating impact on northern quest, which funds nearly all of the kalispel tribe’s government operations,” said the lawsuit filed in federal court for the eastern district of washington.federal law requir






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nooksack tribe sues feds over withholding of $14 million


in a lawsuit filed in u.s. district court in seattle on monday, the 2,000-member tribe argued that the federal government is interfering with the tribe’s right to govern itself.an american indian tribe in washington state is suing the federal government, saying it and washington state are wrongfully withholding nearly $14 million in a flap over the tribe’s efforts to kick out almost 300 of its members.late last year the nooksack tribe’s chairman announced that the 289 booted from the tribe were “non-indians who had erroneously been enrolled in the tribe.” but the u.s. bureau of indian affairs decided it wouldn’t recognize any actions by the tribal council because the terms of four members had expired and no election was held to replace them.in a lawsuit filed in u.s. district court in seat






south dakota sioux tribe’s cannabis resort consultant faces trial on drug charge


roughly two years after an american indian tribe began an ambitious push to open the nation's first marijuana resort in south dakota, a consultant who helped pursue the stalled venture is heading to trial on drug charges.






former mayor judith moss honored by council – the mercury news


mayor ken rosenberg stayed at tuesday’s mountain view city council meeting long enough to award a proclamation to former mayor judith moss, then went home.“i’m sick. i was on medication that was making me very drowsy,” rosenberg said in email wednesday. “in the earlier sessions, i could barely make it through without mistakes. but i wanted to read the proclamation for judith moss, so i stuck around for that.”moss, 93, went up to the front of the dais using a walker to receive the proclamation, then posed with the council for a photograph.she was the first woman to serve on the mountain view city council and the first woman mayor of the city, serving two terms from 1972 to 1980.among her many accomplishments, the proclamation cites her leadership in statistics work for several major compani






forbidden forest: spooky new 'harry potter' exhibit to open


leavesden, england — there's been a reunion of "harry potter" film veterans at the warner brothers studio tour just outside of london to prepare for the opening of a new "forbidden forest" wing.there was jason isaacs, who played lucius malfoy, evanna lynch, known as luna lovegood in the films, and aragog — the machine which played a very convincing giant spider.isaacs said wednesday he will not allow his daughter, who is afraid of spiders, to see the exhibit until she is more comfortable with arachnids.lynch said she is not surprised that harry potter is still a prime attraction."personally, growing up i felt closer to a lot of the characters than i did with my friends."the exhibit opens march 31 on the site where the films were made.






de anza planetarium to presents 'totality'


in advance of the aug. 21 total eclipse of the sun, the fujitsu de anza planetarium will present a show on eclipses, examining what they are, how and when they occur and what sights they create. “totality” also will illustrate what happens when the shadow of the moon passes over earth.the show will be presented at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on four days: july 15 and 29, and aug. 5 and 12 on campus, 21250 stevens creek blvd, cupertino.produced by bays mountain planetarium, the show is suitable for children 6 years and older.tickets, at $9, are available online at http://bit.ly/2sustb7.






cowlitz tribe opening $510m casino complex they hope will draw 4.5m visitors


developers hope to draw 4.5 million visitors a year to the ilani casino resort, which the cowlitz indian tribe will open monday after years of legal battles. the complex will include shops, restaurants, bars and later this year a concert hall and convention center.la center, clark county — the cowlitz indian tribe of southwest washington will open a $510 million casino and entertainment complex monday, a project marked by a yearslong legal struggle that ended only this month when the u.s. supreme court declined to hear an appeal from opponents.this will be one of the region’s largest casino-resort operations, with a stadium- scale parking lot and a massive 368,000-square-foot structure built on rural acreage. the ilani casino resort is expected to draw heavily from the portland area just 1






new minnesota history center exhibit explores wwi's impact on america


it was the great war, the war that changed the face of europe and caused centuries-old dynasties and empires to fall.and at home in the united states, the impact of world war i was no less transformative, according to "ww1 america," a new exhibit that opens saturday at the minnesota history center.from the migration northward of blacks to women's suffrage, from labor strife to prohibition, the years from 1914 to 1919 sparked incredible change in america, said brian horrigan, exhibit developer."it's not an exhibit about the war. it's an exhibit about the effects of the war on the american experience," horrigan said. "labor movements, prohibition, women's suffrage, the great migration — it's arguable that none of those things would have happened without the war."one hundred years ago, in apr






star wars costume exhibit at denver art museum extended on the the force of popu


star wars™ and the power of costume will remain on view at denver art museum through april 9.the denver art museum is extending the run of “star wars and the power of costume” by a week and keeping the hamilton wing open for extended hours during the last days of the show. the exhibit features 70 original costumes from the movie series, including queen amidala’s throne room gown and darth vader’s black armor.costumes of storm troopers, c-3po, r2-d2, han solo, darth sidious’ senate chamber robes, a tusken raider and boba fett will now be on display at the museum until april 9.the exhibit gives museum visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the process of creating 70 star wars costumes, including how chewbacca came to life from his original concept drawing, according to a news release.the exten






albany community farm ready to celebrate bountiful harvest – the mercury news


albany –– the woman parked her bicycle by the rebuilt shed and didn’t bother removing her helmet. it was early evening, with dusk approaching. she began to head out to the rows of plants at the uc gill tract community farm, looking for tomatoes, when farm manager jon hoffman reminded her, “just red ones. no more than two pounds.”hoffman explained the woman is an immigrant who lives near the farm and doesn’t speak much english. but she comes out periodically to do volunteer work. other times, she comes to pick produce. she is part of the community in the farm’s name.”volunteers don’t get paid, they get food,” hoffman said.it has been more than five years since the land known as the gill tract was first occupied by protesters attempting to stop development on nearby land. though the protests






new minnesota history center exhibit explores wwi's impact on america


it was the great war, the war that changed the face of europe and caused centuries-old dynasties and empires to fall.and at home in the united states, the impact of world war i was no less transformative, according to "ww1 america," a new exhibit that opens saturday at the minnesota history center.from the migration northward of blacks to women's suffrage, from labor strife to prohibition, the years from 1914 to 1919 sparked incredible change in america, said brian horrigan, exhibit developer."it's not an exhibit about the war. it's an exhibit about the effects of the war on the american experience," horrigan said. "labor movements, prohibition, women's suffrage, the great migration — it's arguable that none of those things would have happened without the war."one hundred years ago, in apr






grand rapids public museum plans exhibit exploring brains


grand rapids, mich. — the grand rapids public museum is planning a new exhibit that will allow visitors to explore the brain.the exhibit titled "brain: the world inside your head" opens sept. 16. it uses special effects, hands-on learning activities, video games, optical illusions and interactive displays to show how the brain functions — and how it can malfunction as well.those involved say the exhibition seeks to make brain-related disorders easier to understand. it's scheduled to run through jan. 7.upon entry into the exhibit, visitors will walk through a tunnel of flashing fiber-optics to illustrate networks of neurons firing and communicating. the exhibit also shows comparisons between the human brain and animal brains as well as explores brain development.






mobile home tenants sue park owner


a group of mobile home owners who rent space at a park in unincorporated redwood city are alleging that the operator has been illegally hiking their rents as high as 20 percent a year in some cases.eight residents of trailer villa rv park — who are being represented at no cost by the legal aid society of san mateo county and burlingame-based law firm cotchett, pitre & mccarthy, llp — sued san mateo county on sept. 20, seeking unspecified damages from the park operator and an end to what it terms unlawful business practices.los altos-based de anza properties, which has managed the 3401 east bayshore road park since 2004, is named as a defendant in the lawsuit, as well as de anza building and maintenance, inc., trailer villa rv park and john vidovich, de anza’s owner. the lawsuit indicates t






man “propositions” middle school girl in berkeley, authorities say – the mercury


berkeley – a man travelling in a van made what school officials described as “repeated inappropriate gestures and propositions” to a middle school girl wednesday morning, prompting an e-mail alert to parents.the incident occurred near shattuck and durant avenues, the student at king middle school told authorities.the student boarded an ac transit bus and called her parents, as well as berkeley police, according to superintendent donald evans and associate superintendent pasquale scuderi.“we want to raise awareness, rather than alarm,” they said in the e-mail, which was distributed to those signed up for alerts from berkeley schools.evans and scuderi noted that wednesday’s incident came a day after berkeley police issed a public notice, informing people that william turner was out of custod






earthquake: 3.5 quake strikes near anza


a shallow magnitude 3.5 earthquake was reported wednesday morning nine miles from anza, calif., according to the u.s. geological survey. the temblor occurred at 8:44 a.m. pdt at a depth of 1.2 miles.according to the usgs, the epicenter was 10 miles from palomar observatory, 17 miles from lake henshaw, and 28 miles from palm springs.in the last 10 days, there has been one earthquake of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.this information comes from the usgs earthquake notification service and this post was created by an algorithm.read more about southern california earthquakes.