It's been nearly three months since Silicon Valley Reads kicked off its programming and now the 140th and final event is fast approaching.
Brian Castner, author of "The Long Walk," and Sue Diaz, author of "Minefields of the Heart," will be together Saturday for a final conversation about "the invisible wounds of war," moderated by De Anza College President Brian Murphy at Cupertino Community Hall. The free event begins at 1:30 p.m. and also will feature the announcement of winners of the essay contest sponsored by Cupertino Library Foundation.
The theme of this year's "community reads" program -- sponsored by the Santa Clara County Office of Education, the San Jose Public Library Foundation and the Santa Clara County Library District -- resonated with many generations from family members of those serving in Iraq or Afghanistan to veterans of previous conflicts.
There were author talks, movies, panel discussion and programs for kids throughout the county that drew big crowds. The "War and Healing" exhibit at the Euphrat Museum of Art on the De Anza campus had the largest attendance in the museum's history. More details about the final program and other information on Silicon Valley Reads can be found at www.siliconvalleyreads.org.
ON TAP: The effort to create a San Jose Cooperative Brewery and Pub is off to a strong start, with 136 "member owners" signed up so far. The group has its website going at www.sjcoopbrewpub.com, and they've been reaching out on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.
Next up is another membership event at Original Gravity in downtown San Jose on Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. They'll have Blaine Landberg from Walnut Creek's Calicraft Brewing Co. there to talk about his experience launching a brewery. And it just sounds like a good reason to have a beer. Check out the details on the website, if you're interested.
GOOD TIME FOR A GOOD CAUSE: The second annual Jim McEntee Scholarship Fundraiser and Celebration is taking place Friday at the MACLA gallery at 510 S. First St. in downtown San Jose. The scholarship program is named for the late Jim McEntee, the longtime director of Santa Clara County's Office of Human Relations.
This year, Jim's wife, Ann McEntee, and the group Friends of Human Relations expect to financially assist six community college students who are transferring to four-year schools. For more information about the 5:30 p.m. event, go to www.friendsofhumanrelations.org or call 408-202-2913.