If a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, then maybe kids will get more excited about science, math and the arts if really cool planes and cars are part of the lessons.
That seems to be the thinking behind an interesting collaboration between the Valley Medical Center Foundation and Hot San Jose Nights on the Silicon Valley STEAM Festival, taking place Saturday at Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose.
STEAM is the new iteration of STEM -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- that adds arts to the equation (and the acronym). And Saturday's festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will combine hands-on science with aviation, automobiles and the arts. Of course, science and technology have always been part of aircraft and automotive design (and with cars like the Tesla Roadster, there's some art in there too).
Admission and parking are free, and if that's not enough, I'm told there will be hundreds of Mustangs there to celebrate the 50th of anniversary of Ford's pony car. Get more information at www.svsteamfest.com.
SCU'S "SECOND LADY" PASSES: Santa Clara University is mourning the loss of Elizabeth Moran, the first woman to become a tenured faculty member at the Jesuit university and the first woman elected president of its faculty senate. Moran passed away June 23 at age 95.
Moran had a 31-year career at Santa Clara before her retirement in 1994. And in a 1988 proclamation in her honor, the Rev. Paul Locatelli, then Santa Clara's president, said, "Now let it therefore be known that whereas Sainte Clare is the First Lady of Santa Clara, Elizabeth J. Moran is the Second Lady of Santa Clara University."
Moran didn't slow down much in retirement, either. She worked with homeless women and children as co-chairwoman of the Georgia Travis Center board for InnVision.
A celebration of her life is planned for 2 p.m. Oct. 4 at Stone Church of Willow Glen in San Jose.
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: The Lunchtime@Trianon series is normally a "first Friday" event, but it took last week off for Independence Day. But it's back with a special presentation this Friday with Natalya Lundtvedt, representing the Steinway Society, and performing works by Beethoven, Liszt, Debussy and Schubert on the Le Petit Trianon theater's Model D Steinway piano.
The performance -- tailored for the lunch hour -- runs from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at 72 N. Fifth St. Admission is free, but donations are welcome, and you can feel free to bring in a lunch.