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Memorial Day ceremonies set for Oak Hill in San Jose

Memorial Day is the traditional start of the summer season, when most people have the day off work and often gather with friends and family for backyard barbecues or head to the local multiplex to see the newest blockbuster. But, of course, the holiday Monday is about a lot more than a day off, a reminder that will be underlined by a day filled with ceremonies at Oak Hill Memorial Park.
Four remembrance events will take place at Oak Hill, starting with a Japanese American Memorial at 9:30 a.m., followed by a general Veterans Ceremony at 11 a.m., a ceremony for the Grand Army of the Republic at 1:15 p.m. and the Vietnam Veterans Field of Honor Ceremony, which closes the event at 2:15 p.m.
The ceremonies, presented by the United Veterans Council of Santa Clara County, are open to the public, and Dan Noyes , chief investigative reporter for KGO-TV, will serve as master of ceremonies. Oak Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park is at 300 Curtner Ave.
LADY GAGA OPENS APPLE PARK: Apple employees got a huge treat Friday as international superstar Lady Gaga performed at the official opening of Apple Park, which most of us know as the tech giant’s “spaceship” headquarters in Cupertino. Lady Gaga performed for thousands of employees on an outdoor stage encircled by the building and framed by a series of colorful arcs. The “rainbow stage” was reportedly designed by Jony Ive and clearly is reminiscent of the company’s well-loved former logo.
Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted about the celebration on Friday, which included fireworks after sunset, as a thank you to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who started work on what was then known as Apple Campus 2 before his death in 2011: “We came together today, in the home you imagined for us, and celebrated your spirit. We love you, Steve.”

We came together today, in the home you imagined for us, and celebrated your spirit. We love you, Steve. pic.twitter.com/5PccqcBi1c
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) May 18, 2019

MOVIES AND MORE: Pruneyard Cinemas is following up on the success of its Culinary Cinema series with another round of “dinner and a movie” events starting next month with “The Godfather” on June 3. The menu inspired by the 1972 classic includes pasta with “Clemenza’s Sunday Sauce,” and, of course, cannoli for dessert. Future films on the first Monday of each month include “Babette’s Feast,” “Chocolat” and “Julie & Julia). Tickets for the dinner and movie, not counting drinks are $47.50 per person.
Pruneyard is also kicking off a late-night cult movie series with “The Big Lebowski,” which has a May 31 to June 5 run. Weekend shows are at 11 p.m. and weeknights start at 9:30 p.m. Co-owner Jack Nyblom says fans can feel free to dress as “The Dude,” Jeff Bridges’ laid-back character, or in their favorite bowling gear. You can bet White Russians will be flowing at the Cedar Room lounge, too. Get tickets and more details at www.pruneyardcinemas.com .
SUPPORT FOOTHILL COLLEGE VETS: A little cioppino sure went a long way for student veterans at Foothill College in Los Altos. Last week, the Los Altos Rotary Club presented the Foothill-De Anza Community Colleges Foundation with $47,500 to support student veterans at Foothill College that was raised at the club’s annual Cioppino Feed in March.
Over the past four months, $82,000 —  including $10,000 from the Los Altos Town Crier’s Holiday Fund — has been raised for veterans who attend Foothill College, about 400 to 500 students a year. The funds go towards scholarships, book vouchers and emergency costs, as well as to the Veterans Plaza, which opened last summer next to the Veterans Resource Center and is dedicated to Marine Corps Capt. Matt Manoukian . He was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2012.
The campus’ veterans were honored at an event Tuesday, which included remarks from Manoukian’s father, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Socrates “Pete” Manoukian .

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