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Stuff to Know About What's Going on in Cupertino

Random things in your neighborhood such as much-needed food drives, or Master Composter classes and bus stop improvements.

Here are five things of stuff that's going on in and around Cupertino:

  1. A citizenship class for intermediate and advance English speakers begins Monday, Nov. 7 and runs until Jan. 9, 2012. The class, which is held at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., teaches students about American history and government and helps students complete the N-400 application and practice for oral interviews. A $25 fee is due at registration that can be done at www.ace.fuhsd.org, or by phone at 408-522-2700.
  2. Want to learn how to turn food scraps and yard waste into nature’s gold—compost? A Master Composter class can teach you the art and science of basic and worm composting. Applications are due Wednesday, Nov. 9. Classes meet Wednesday mornings starting Jan. 11, 2012, and run until March 14, 2012. A $50 fee for applicants may be waived upon request. Call 408-918-4640 for more information.
  3. Getting to some bus stops in Cupertino should become a little easier soon. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is upgrading three bus stops in the city by providing better access on surrounding sidewalks and streets. Construction may temporarily relocate the original VTA stops at South Stelling Road and Pepper Tree Lane; West Stevens Creek Boulevard at Wolfe Road; and North Wolfe Road at Pruneridge Avenue. Work on the stops will occur during the day and take anywhere from two days to two weeks to complete. All work should be complete by Feb. 2012.
  4. Donate food and get a discount at . For every can of food—up to 20 cans—donated, Yamagami’s will give one percent off your purchase price. Donate 20 cans, get 20 percent off nursery items. Donations go to Second Harvest Food Bank, which really wants canned meals, meats, fruits in juice, 100 percent fruit juice boxes, peanut butter in plastic jars, and low-sugar cereals.
  5. On your way to do some banking at ? Take a can of beans with you for the food drive there, which benefits West Valley Community Services. is one of the organizations that gets food donations from Second Harvest Food Bank so if you’re not headed to the bank, see the above food drive at Yamagami’s. Either way, ‘tis the season to be thankful so let’s give back. First Tech’s food drive runs until Nov. 12 and is located at 19960 Stevens Creek Blvd.

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