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April 12, 2021

Local Scene: Conversation with the mayor, public art project unveiled

Mayor hosting virtual conversation

Mayor Marie Blankley will host a virtual Conversation and Coffee on April 3 at 8:30am.

To join the meeting, visit rb.gy/x593yf with passcode 700029. The public can also dial in at 669.900.6833 with webinar ID: 82577203726 and passcode 700029.

Adopt-A-Bench public art project unveiled

Valley Water celebrated the completion of the pilot Adopt-A-Bench project with a virtual ribbon cutting ceremony on March 18. 

Two decades ago, Valley Water installed nearly 200 interpretive benches throughout Santa Clara County. Recently, the Valley Water Youth Commission worked alongside Paul J. Gonzalez, a San Jose artist and muralist, to repurpose and revitalize seven of these benches as part of a pilot program.

The revitalized benches have artwork that depict scenes of environmental stewardship, highlighting the importance of protecting plants and wildlife. The benches are along Uvas Creek at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, Saratoga Creek in Santa Clara, Berryessa Creek in Milpitas, Los Alamitos Creek and Penitencia Creek in San Jose, Stevens Creek in Cupertino and Permanente Creek in Los Altos.

“I think this project did a fantastic job of combining art and interesting information about the local flora and fauna surrounding each of these benches,” Youth Commissioner Elise Mullen said.

For information, visit valleywater.org/Adopt-A-Bench.

Local resident named to Dean’s List at LIM College

Emma Seery of Gilroy was named to the Dean’s List at LIM College for the Fall 2020 semester. 

To be placed on the Dean’s List, students must earn a grade point average between 3.50 and 3.79.

Founded in 1939, LIM College, located in Manhattan, educates students in the global business of fashion and its related industries.

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