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Search for Life Beyond Earth

Jill Tarter 02Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk on: Will the 21st Century be the Time We Discover Life Beyond Earth? in the Smithwick Theater at Foothill College.

Dr. Tarter is a pioneer leading the effort to search for signals from civilizations among the stars. The 21st century will be the century of biology on our planet.  Dr. Tarter believes that this idea will be extended beyond the surface of our world and that we may soon have the first opportunity to study biology that developed on other worlds. The techniques we will need are different, depending on whether we are searching for microbes or mathematicians, but both are within reach.

Dr. Jill Tarter holds the Bernard Oliver Chair for SETI at the SETI Institute, serves on the management board for the Allen Telescope Array, is President Emeritus of the Board of the California Academy of Sciences and continues to make groundbreaking contributions to the worlds of science, education, and the arts. Jodie Foster portrayed a fictionalized version of Dr. Tarter in the film Contact.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early to locate parking.

Parking lots 1 and 8 provide stair and no-stair access to the theatre. Visitors must purchase a parking permit for $3 from dispensers in student parking lots. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change.

Smithwick Theater, Foothill College
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, 94022
(650) 949-7360

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
7:00 pm
Admission: Free
Parking: $3.00

Campus Map (PDF) — Smithwick Theater, 1000

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Andrea Bocelli in Sacramento

Andrea BocelliThe world’s best selling tenor, Andrea Bocelli will perform June 10 at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. His only Northern California appearance this tour. Do not think this will be an evening of just classical opera; he may be better known to some as a pop singer.
He has recorded duets with Celine Dion (for the animated film Quest for Camelot), Sarah Brightman, Chris Botti, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder, Katharine McPhee, Kenny G and other artist.

Andrea Bocelli
Sleep Train Arena
One Sports Parkway
Sacramento 95834
(916) 928-6900

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
7:30 PM

Tickets: $75.00 – $375.25
Parking $15 (cash only)

Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose 2015

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The Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose is coming to San Jose’s History Park on April 18, 2015 beginning at 10:00 AM.

Print enthusiasts, students, educators, graphic designers, typophiles, artists, and printers will enjoy the demonstrations, tours, and array of vendors and exhibitors. All ages are welcome to this free event.

Activities throughout the day include:
Letterpress Demonstrations & Shop Tours: Museum Print Shop
Members from the San Jose Printers’ Guild will help visitors print keepsakes on several vintage presses from handset wood and metal type, and lead tours of a 1900s era print shop.


Exhibitors and featured artists and craftsmen will demonstrate the skills related to printing and book arts, and show visitors how to set type and impress ink onto paper.

Lunch will be available from a food truck on the grounds. Cold drinks and frozen treats will be available at O’Brien’s Candy Store & Ice Cream Parlor in the Pacific Hotel.

History Park (History San Jose)
635 Phelan Ave.
San Jose, 95112

Saturday, April 18, 2015
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Admission: free
Park for free on local streets or use the San Jose city parking lot on Phelan Ave. for $6. 00.

Directions: Exit Highway 280 at 10th St., then go south on 10th., left on Keyes St., right on Senter Rd., left on Phelan Ave. History San Jose is ahead on left; visitor parking lot ($6) is straight ahead at end of Phelan Ave.

photo credit: vlasta2

Two A’s in Home Run Derby

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Josh Donaldson and Yoenis Céspedes will participate in the 2014 Home Run Derby.

Céspedes is the 2013 Home Run Derby champion.

A’s third-base coach Mike Gallego will pitch to Céspedes.

The 2014 Home Run Derby is Monday, July 14 on ESPN TV and ESPN Radio at 5:00 PM.

The 2014 Home Run Derby will have a new format, which features a maximum of seven outs per round and bracketed play after the first round. The player who hits the most home runs in each League in the first round will automatically receive a bye to the third round (Semi-Finals). The next two players from each league with the most home runs will square off against one another in a head-to-head matchup in the second round. The winners of these matchups will advance to the third round to face-off against their league’s top seed. The final round will feature the winners of the A.L. and N.L. Semi-Finals matchups going head-to-head for the 2014 championship.

UPDATE: Yoenis Céspedes wins 2014 Home Run Derby with 28 homers.