Invasion of the Sci-Fi Movies – Part Two!

Planet of the Vampires

Sci-Fi fans – Keep watching the skies! It’s back from the outer reaches of cinematic space! By popular request from our wonderful Cupertino audience, the Cupertino Library Foundation and the Cupertino Senior Center are bringing back a brand new series of classic Science-Fiction films! Join your host filmmaker and scholar Mark Larson for a wild six week series delving into the mysteries of intergalactic motion picture mayhem! A lively audience discussion follows every film!

All events will be held at the Cupertino Senior Center, 21251 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  All screenings are free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Cupertino Library Foundation.

October 15, 2019:  1. The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) One beautiful California day, a man encounters a radioactive cloud and before you know it, he is on a trip into the infinite! Grant Williams gives an outstanding performance as the man with a new atomic destiny in director Jack Arnold’s 1957 masterpiece!
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*October 22nd: No programming.

October 29, 2019:  2. Planet of the Vampires (1965) An intergalactic distress call from a distant planet brings a space crew face to face with horror! This classic 1965 film by the great filmmaker Mario Bava has inspired hordes of imitators and this is a rare chance to see this stylish masterpiece on the big screen as it was meant to be seen!
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November 5, 2019: 3. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) The most requested film in our series! A flying saucer lands in the middle of Washington D.C., the saucer door side open and out comes an alien with an urgent message for all mankind! We join up with Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal and Gort the giant robot in director Robert Wise’s memorable story of the search for planetary peace!
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November 12, 2019: 4. These are the Damned (1963) An extraordinary film, ripe for rediscovery; this Cold War tale of government scientists conducting bizarre human experiments is one of director Joseph Losey’s masterworks. Starring McDonald Carey, Oliver Reed and Viveca Lindfors as the bystanders caught in a world spinning out of control!
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November 19, 2019:    5. I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958) Wedding nights are a time for couples to learn all about each other, but on this special night Gloria Talbot discovers her new husband has a doozy of a secret! This wonderful film is a joy to rediscover and enjoy for its surprising wit in telling a tale of cosmic love gone wrong!
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November 26, 2019:    6. Matinee (1993) During the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1963, a boy escapes the fear of possible apocalypse by going to monster movies! Director Joe Dante’s great and thoughtful comedy saluting the power of Science Fiction B-Movies and the men and women who made them. A superb ensemble cast featuring John Goodman in the performance of a lifetime as a William Castle- inspired showman grace this gem of a film!
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Cupertino Library Foundation Fall Film Series 2019 Sci-Fi


LAFF RIOT! A Celebration of Motion Picture Comedies!

By audience request, this special edition of the Cupertino Library Film Series focuses on that most demanding and exacting form of film making: just getting a laugh! From side-splitting silent films to a fresh look at overlooked and hilarious classics, we’ll be exploring the precision mechanics of mirth-making. Please join filmmaker and scholar Mark Larson for this rowdy cinematic journey! A spirited group discussion follows every film.

All events will be held at the Cupertino Senior Center, 21251 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  All screenings are free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Cupertino Library Foundation.

March 12, 2019:  1. Pillow Talk (1959) Doris Day and Rock Hudson share a Technicolor telephone line where romance and laughs combine, building to a wild Cinemascope climax of mirth! And Tony Randell comes along for the ride to deliver a legendary comic performance in this mid-century modern masterpiece!

March 19, 2019:   2. Shorts from Mabel and Fatty and Buster Too! (1917) There’s knockabout slapstick galore as we share this rambunctious cinematic treat – a special showing of short films from three early masters of early comedy – Roscoe Arbuckle, Buster Keaton and the unsung heroine of silent-comedy filmmakers – Mabel Normand!

March 26, 2019:   3. A New Leaf (1971) Water Matthau gives a one-of-a-kind inspired performance as a rich man needing lots of money and who will do anything to get it! From the brilliant actor and writer and director Elaine May come this darkly tinged comic masterpiece of greed, murder, and love!

April 2, 2019:     4. Ninotchka (1939) Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas star in one of the funniest and most beautiful films ever made about Communism and Capitalism! When two ideologies meet sparks of romance and laughter fly in this beautifulfilm from the master himself – Ernst Lubitsch!

April 9, 2019:     5. The Nutty Professor (1963) When a professor’s mad experiments go terribly wrong – madcap antics explode across the screen! The one and only genius Jerry Lewis leads into a crazy world of dual personalities and wild nightclubs and talking birds and Stella Stevens!

April 16, 2019:    6. Victor/Victoria (1982)  In 1930’s Paris, a down and out singer goes on a wild journey of nightclubs, gangsters and ever changeable personas! Julie Andrews, James Garner, and Robert Preston give the performances of their lives in Blake Edwards’ comic musical extravaganza.

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2019 Winter Film Series Announced!

Murder, Mischief and Mayhem!  Six Classic Mystery Films!

We turn off the lights and revel in what dastardly deeds the darkness brings in this thrilling film history series devoted to American mystery motion pictures! In this special session, we look at the Golden Age of American mystery films – the 1940’s! Please join filmmaker and scholar Mark Larson for a personal tour of the most blood curdling cinematic adventures you will ever see! A spirited group discussion follows every film.

All events will be held at the Cupertino Senior Center from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  All screenings are free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Cupertino Library Foundation.

1. The Ghost Ship (1943)   January 22nd, 2019
A young sailor boards a ship bound for murder! This little known masterpiece by groundbreaking horror producer Val Lewton must be seen to be believed! Starring Richard Dix as a ship’s captain with an alarming view of life – and death!

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2. The Man Who Wouldn’t Die (1942)  January 29th, 2019
From the fabulous Mike Shane mystery series from 20th Century Fox, starring Lloyd Nolan as the fast on his feet and fast with his mouth private eye, comes this wild and funny horror-whodone-
it! The wonderful Marjorie Weaver backs Mike’s play at every turn!

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*** No Film Series on February 5th, 2019 because room not available.


3. Road House (1948)  February 12th, 2019
What could go wrong when Richard Widmark and Cornel Wilde fall in love with Ida Lupino in a bowling alley? Nothing but trouble, and some classic songs sung by Lupino, follows this doom laden trio in a beautiful operatic film noir from director Jean Negulesco.

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4. The Scarlet Claw (1944)  February 19th, 2019
Bodies are found when the church bells toll in an isolated French Canadian village! Only one man has the power to find the murderer! The one and only Basil Rathbone is Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson in this fabulous and legendary entry in the popular detective series.

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5. The Locket (1946)   February 26th, 2019
Lorraine Day has one heck of a trauma on her mind and she brings Bob Mitchum along for the ride – to danger! An unforgettable and spooky journey through time, this one of a kind film noir
classic helmed by director John Brahm has to be seen to be believed!

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6. Dark Passage (1947)   March 5th 2019

A man with a voice like Humphrey Bogart’s escapes from prison with the help of a woman who looks like Lauren Bacall and they both walk the mean streets of San Francisco in search of a killer! This legendary adaptation of the David.

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Wellness program review: “Skin Care Secrets For Every Age”

By Helen Chao and Sunjin Chang
Monta Vista High School


On Sunday, July 29, the Cupertino Library and Cupertino Library Foundation presented a session on skincare in the Cupertino Community Hall, led by licensed cosmetologist Kokila Shah. The presentation, titled “Skin Care Secrets for Every Age,” started at 2 p.m. and concluded with an audience Q&A session.

Shah first started the presentation with a scientific description of skin itself, explaining terms such as “follicles” and “epididymis” and the formation of acne. She explained how acne is the buildup of dead skin and oil by the sebaceous gland until it seeps through the follicle and up to the surface. This may result in the formation of a blackhead, whitehead or pimple. If especially serious, Shah considers, antibiotics may be needed — but this is not for most cases or for those who wake up in the morning and look in the mirror for an unwelcome surprise.

“[There are] so many things going on like this,” Shah said, “that any [change] in your skin is a panic situation. So just relax.”


In order to fend against breakouts or simply soothe the skin, Shah recommends light exfoliation and a mask around once a week, for simply 5 minutes. This is a weekly routine that definitely can’t be skipped by anybody.

“[Masking] is distressing a lot [because it] takes care of all your needs of your skin, meaning cleansing, moisturizing, [cleaning] your dead skin, [cleaning] your pores, everything’s taken care of,” Shah said. “So I focus my whole energy into mask in my company, as it makes a simple routine for women. They have very stressful lives.”

For a DIY mask, one can use various foods such as avocado, honey, yogurt and banana, a list of ingredients that anybody could find in their kitchen. If one has flare-ups of acne, Shah recommends diluting a few drops of tea tree oil, which is antibacterial, and mixing it with some anti-inflammatory Aloe Vera juice. Community librarian Clare Varesio also appreciates Shah’s practical solutions and hopes the audience will apply her suggestions.

“You could do [this on] your own at home with things that are just already available to you,” Varesio said.

This is the third session of the Foundation’s Wellness program series, and two more scheduled for September and November. Shah was recommended to the Cupertino Library Foundation by another presenter, a former board member who is a registered dietitian and nutritionist and had known Shah for many years. According to Varesio, the board members considered skincare an interesting topic as it is something everyone must deal with and take care of throughout their lives. In fact, this was exactly the reason why audience member Pooja Sehgal came to the event.

“Usually you don’t go to [a] cosmetologist so this is something to start with, so that’s how I got interested,” Sehgal said.

When Sehgal came to the event, she wasn’t disappointed as she continued to learn new information she was never aware of before the session. What especially caught her attention was that Shah stressed the idea of home remedies for skin care rather than chemical products. As Shah had taken her time to answer everyone’s questions and concerns at the end of the session, Sehgal considered Shah an approachable speaker. In fact, Shah even offered samples of her skincare line after the session. Sehgal plans to attend the other wellness sessions in the future. However, Sehgal agrees that not many people are aware of the sessions and hopes that the wellness sessions will be promoted more in the future.

“You know it’s only because I follow the program very religiously so that’s how I know,” Sehgal said. “But maybe most people don’t know about it.”

Although Sunday afternoons are often busy for Sehgal, she decided to come after realizing that the session was on selfcare. However, Shah didn’t solely talk about physical selfcare, but also gave advice about keeping a positive mentality, such as the importance of being confident in one’s beauty even when aging. Shah urges people to discover and identify what makes them beautiful — it might be one’s hair, skin or something else entirely  — and to emphasize or “play on that” specific quality.

“As we age, we are more beautiful, we are more confident and we have a treasure of experience to give to people,” Shah said. “So every birthday is a blessing.”




A Natural Approach to Curing Cholesterol and Preventing Heart Disease – September 23, 2018



Presenting the fourth program in the Cupertino Library Foundation Wellness program series!

Dr. Ronesh Sinha, an expert on diabetes, cholesterol and heart disease prevention, has been seeing a local surge in the amount of individuals with cholesterol and heart disease issues at an early age. Our modern lifestyle habits are a primary cause. Dr. Sinha will focus on some of the following areas in his talk:

Cutting Edge: Latest science behind cholesterol and heart disease

Quantify You: Important labs and metrics to assess your own risk

Prescription Foods: Nutritional approaches that lower cholesterol and heart disease risk

Exercise Science: Time-efficient exercises and movements to improve heart health and lower risk

Sleep/Stress: The role of sleep and stress in heart disease and some simple tools and apps to help you find balance

Resources: High-tech tools and resources to help optimize health will be shared.

About Dr. Sinha

Dr. Ronesh Sinha, author of The South Asian Health Solution and 2-time TEDx speaker, is an internal medicine physician in Silicon Valley who works for Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation to lead their employer wellness program. He has designed successful health education and wellness programs for over 16 major Silicon Valley companies and developed a dedicated group consult practice geared to individuals with diabetes and other heart disease risk factors. His groundbreaking work in reversing diabetes in culturally diverse populations has received global attention with front cover stories in Fortune Magazine and the LA Times. He blogs actively at, and hosts a popular Bay Area weekly radio show on health. He is passionate about developing innovative, culturally tailored solutions to help diverse populations lead healthier lives.

Sunday, September 23, 2018 2:00 pm, Cupertino Community Hall