Human trafficking event attracts dozens to Saratoga

By Khalida Sarwari The pews inside the Saratoga Federated Church were filled Sunday afternoon, but the dozens in attendance weren’t there to listen to a sermon. They were there to hear about one of the largest and fastest-growing criminal industries in the world: human trafficking. Presented by the volunteers of Stop Trafficking on Our Planet, the event “Hope in the Darkness,” invited people involved in the battle against human trafficking to speak about what their […]

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Interfaith group leader to speak at Saratoga Foothill Club Feb. 22

By Khalida Sarwari A gathering of Christians, Jews and Muslims under one roof is not necessarily a common sight, but if Rod Cardoza had his way, it would be the norm. Ten years ago, the San Jose-based anthropologist founded an organization that seeks to bring members of the three faith communities together to alleviate poverty. Saratoga residents will have a chance to hear about the work Cardoza’s organization is doing later this month at the […]

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Community event grant money up for grabs, apply now

By Khalida Sarwari Community organizers in Saratoga, take heed: The community event grant program application process is officially open. If you want a chunk of the $40,000 the city is planning to dole out for community events this year, now is the time to apply. The grant program allows organizers to request grant money for events that are held in Saratoga and are open to the public. The Saratoga City Council voted last month to […]

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Saratoga inspires a love note revival—yes, a real handwritten note

By Khalida Sarwari There are notes and then there are love notes. Valentine’s Day is one of the few times of the year when expressing saccharine sentiments in a handwritten letter is not only appropriate, it is encouraged. The Saratoga Village Development Council has a tradition of its own in commemoration of Valentine’s Day. Every year, the group collects written expressions of affection from the community and hangs them on the windows of businesses in […]

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Club Pilates collecting sports bras to ease recovery for sexual assault victims

By Khalida Sarwari At two local Pilates studios, the sports bras are coming off, but this is no sexual revolution 2.0; no one is lighting these bras on fire. Instead, they’re dropping them into a donation box to help victims of sexual assault. The Club Pilates studios in Saratoga and Sunnyvale are collecting sports bras to support Operation emBRAce, an initiative of the Grateful Garment Project, a San Jose-based organization that helps victims of sexual […]

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