Pizarro: Expecting another happy Valentine's Day
Posted: 02/14/2010 12:00:00 AM PST
For St. Valentine's Day, we have a tale of amour. Sandy St. Amour, that is.The Kaiser Permanente manager at the Mountain View Medical Office had a baby 31 years ago on Valentine's Day.
Flash-forward three decades later, and the Sunnyvale resident is awaiting the arrival of her seventh grandchild. Her son, Steve St. Amour, and his wife, Kate, are expecting to deliver a daughter today.
The Cupertino couple isn't planning to name her Valentina, Valerie or anything like that. The expectant grandmother says she'll be called Dakota.
VIEWS OF THE VALLEY: "Affordable Silicon Valley property is one of those oxymorons like environmental oil company ... or the Sunnyvale after-hours entertainment guide," joked political satirist Will Durst at Joint Venture's State of the Valley conference on Friday.
He wasn't the only comedian at the McEnery San Jose Convention Center. Introducing state insurance commissioner and Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed asked, "What's a gubernor, anyway?"By the way, Poizner, sitting on a panel about California's future with U.S. Senate candidate Tom Campbell and state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, looked positively California casual in a blue blazer, jeans and no tie.
Dick Levy, chairman of Varian Medical Systems and the United Way Silicon Valley board, was honored at the event with Joint Venture's
David Packard Award. It's given annually to a valley figure who brings an entrepreneurial spirit to solving regional issues.
CALIENTE ON THE COURT: If the name Fernando Verdasco isn't familiar, either you aren't a tennis fan or you're a guy.
The 27-year-old Spaniard made a big splash at last week's SAP Open. His appearance Thursday at the sixth annual Ladies Day Luncheon, held at the Grill at HP Pavilion, was absolutely swoon-worthy, I'm told.About 200 female club tennis players attended, and maybe they were hoping Verdasco would re-create his nude tennis pose from a 2008 issue of Cosmopolitan.
A smaller crowd of about 120 women showed up for Friday's lunch with players Benjamin Becker and Xavier Malisse.
TENNIS CHAMP: He may not be as hot as Verdasco, but UC-Santa Cruz men's tennis coach Bob Hansen has his share of fans.
Hansen, whose team is the reigning NCAA Division III champ, performed the coin toss before Andy Roddick's first-round match Wednesday. About 200 Banana Slug supporters were on hand to cheer.
YEAR OF THE TIGER: The beautiful Hakone Gardens in Saratoga will be the site of a Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday.
The festivities, from noon to 4 p.m., will include cooking demonstrations, Chinese Opera, a lion dance and a tour of the historic venue. Get more details at www.hakone.us.
GALA GOODBYE: Mountain View's Community School of Music and Arts is bidding farewell to Nicholas Isaacs, who's retiring after 25 years as its music school director. There will be a video tribute to Isaacs at the school's Young@Art gala Saturday at Sharon Heights Country Club in Menlo Park.
Tickets to the fundraiser — which includes dinner and performances by faculty and students — are $250. You can get more details at www.arts4all.org. For tickets, contact Katie Cooney at 650-917-6800, ext. 342, or email@example.com.
SAVOR THE DATE: The Via Ball, one of Silicon Valley's more delicious events, is coming up Friday at Villa Ragusa in Campbell.
This year, the evening of wining and dining will bring together master sommelier Randal Bertao of Los Altos Country Club, Le Papillon chef Scott Cooper, chef David Nelson of Crunch Catering and chef Lou Zulaica of the Golf Club at Boulder Ridge.The fundraiser for Via Services, which helps disabled children and adults lead richer lives, starts at 5:30 p.m. For tickets, call Cat Whyte at 408-243-7861 or visit www.viaservices.org.