Community Calendar

State of the Valley

Feb. 7
A stimulating program of speakers, panels, regional economic and more awaits more than 1200 Silicon Valley business, government and community leaders at Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s 2014 State of the Valley conference at the Santa Clara Convention Center Friday, Feb. 7.

The day’s session includes keynote remarks by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Khan Academy founder Salman Khan and demographer Dr. Manuel Pastor, the release of the 2014 Silicon Valley Index on the region’s economy, a panel on the future of venture capital, “TED”-style talks on social problems, the annual Packard Award for community involvement, entertainment by local school groups and an exhibition hall.

For more information and to register, visit

Heart & Soles 5K

Feb. 8
Kids who eat better learn better! And you can help them do both by registering now for the Lam Research “Heart & Soles 5K,” a family-oriented fun run to raise funds to provide 21st century salad bars to Silicon Valley elementary schools.

The event will be held on Feb. 8 at 9 a.m. in San Jose’s Hellyer Park. Join the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation, San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, South Bay Labor Council and Santa Clara County Office of Education in getting a little exercise and helping our children make better food choices. Register now at

“Survivor” Tryouts, Family Fun

Westgate Center, Feb. 15
Westgate Center in Saratoga will commemorate the completion of a $15 million renovation project on Feb. 15 with ribbon-cutting ceremonies, a family event and a casting call for the reality TV show “Survivor” that carries a $1 million prize.

“Survivor” hopefuls can register for the casting call at 11 a.m. in the main hallway, next to Crazy 8. For more information, visit

Feb. 15 is also Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for children to celebrate the newly renovated center with games, music, dance performances and a special appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog.

“Silicon Valley Reads”

Two events on March 21

Los Gatos is hosting two Silicon Valley Reads events on March 21, both focused on this year’s theme of “Books & Technology: Friends or Foes?”

Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, will appear at the Los Gatos Library at 7 p.m. Sloan will talk about his novel, an adventure story about a quirky bookstore involving secret book societies, code breaking, Google, and a quest for truth about the past, present and future of reading.

Robin Sloan

Robin Sloan

Also at 7 p.m., author Bill Joyce and illustrator Joe Bluhm of the charming picture book, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, will visit the Village House of Books at 326 Village Lane to meet families and sign books.

For information on all of the free Silicon Valley Reads events, visit

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