It's hard to believe that another Silicon Valley Reads season has come and gone. After dozens of author events, children's storytimes, special panels and even an art exhibit, the community reading program has its closing event Sunday at the Cupertino Community Hall.
This year's topic was "Books and Technology: Friends or Foes?" It should be interesting to hear if the authors of the program's two main books, "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" by Robin Sloan and "The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains" by Nicholas Carr, think the past two months of activities have uncovered any answers.
In addition to both authors returning to Silicon Valley to talk with De Anza College President Brian Murphy, the 1:30 p.m. program will include the announcement of the winners of the Cupertino Library Foundation's essay and poetry contests. Forty-three adults and teens entered the essay contest, which was the most entries in the contest's six years, and there were 50 entries for the first year of the poetry contest.
For more information on this year's Silicon Valley Reads program -- produced by the San Jose Public Library Foundation, the Santa Clara County Library District and the Santa Clara County Office of Education -- go to www.siliconvalleyreads.org.
SISTER CITY CELEBRATION: This weekend, Saratoga is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its sister city relationship with Muko, Japan, a city of about 55,000 people near Kyoto.
This Saturday's 1 p.m. festivities at the Saratoga Prospect Center will include crafts, games, cultural exhibits and taiko drumming. Louise Webb, who's on the committee organizing the event, says that back in 1992, a delegation from Saratoga saw taiko drumming on a trip to Japan and came back determined to start their own taiko group for the next time the visitors from Muko came to Saratoga.
Perhaps it's not surprising that the Saratoga taiko drums were made out of old wine barrels.
DANCING AROUND DEATH?: Acclaimed Northern California dancer and choreographer Tandy Beal interviewed more than 500 people about what they think happens after we die and used those reflections to create "HereAfterHere: A Self-Guided Tour of Eternity." The multimedia performance includes dance, video, original music and theater performances that tackle the big question mark about death and our uneasiness about it.
Santa Clara University has brought the show -- which played to sold-out houses in Santa Cruz and Salt Lake City -- to the Mayer Theater for a limited run this weekend, concluding with a matinee Sunday at 2 p.m. There are post-show question-and-answer sessions after each performance.
Ticket information is available at www.scupresents.org.