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BIG FIX - Fang Cuddlearms and Spike Hugface are super cute reminders to proactively prevent pet pregnancy. (Submitted)

Locals make their mark during Super Bowl LVIII

Los Gatos High School grad and recent Los Gatan cover star “Neon” Keon Saghari made a big impression while performing during the afterparty for halftime singer Usher, racking up thousands of likes on an Instagram video of her rollerskating next to a Las Vegas pool in Riedell Roller Skates.

And Flor de Maria Rivera, who also recently graced our P1, saw ESPN host Molly Qerim wear her “Amaya” boots to Michael Rubin’s Super Bowl party.

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BIG SPLASH – Ana Barbara wore the “Alexandria” Flor de Maria sandals in black to the 66th Grammy Awards. (Courtesy of Flor de Maria)

This follows on the heels of quite the successful Grammys for the LGHS alum: Actress and singer Halle Bailey wore her “Alexandria” sandals to a pre-party, singer-songwriter Bleta “Bebe” Rexha wore her “Berta” platforms to a Clive Davis gala; Grammy winner Tyla took her “Giselle” sandals to the same; while Anastasia Karanikolaou (better known as Kylie Jenner’s friend “Stassie”) opted for the “Raquel sandals at the Spotify event.

And Ana Bárbara, a Mexican singer, and Muni Long, a singer and songwriter from Florida, selected Flor de Maria sandals for the official ceremony.

Back in Los Gatos, locals packed Double D’s Bar and Grille on Sunday to take in what many would find turned out to be a thrilling game with a devastating outcome.

Toys Promote Spaying and Neutering

Pet Food Express has launched The Big Fix campaign to support spay and neuter initiatives in California, including providing financial support to Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority and Peninsula Humane Society. And they’ve introduced cute characters to make their point.

For dogs, Fang Cuddlearms features a squeaky body and long, stretchy arms. For cats, Spike Hugface entertains with a catnip and crinkly center.

The limited-edition toys from SnugArooz, known as Big Fix Friends (BFFs), are available online at and in stores—with 50% of the retail price going to 10 nonprofits.

Ballet school gets $10K from Challenge America

New Ballet has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Challenge America award of $10,000, to support its range of free educational programming.

In total, the NEA will award 257 Challenge America awards totaling $2,570,000 that were announced as part of its first round of fiscal year 2024 grants.

Committee struck to revitalize California’s downtowns

California State Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas, has approved the creation of a Downtown Recovery Select Committee led by Chair Matt Haney (D-San Francisco).

It will hear from experts in land use, business retention, public safety, tourism and culture, to review policies to revitalize downtown corridors after the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Downtowns are supposed to be economic engines for our cities,” Haney said. “The last few years it’s felt like the old west—tumbleweeds, boarded-up shops, and crime.”

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Drew Penner is an award-winning Canadian journalist whose reporting has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Good Times Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times, Scotts Valley Press Banner, San Diego Union-Tribune, KCRW and the Vancouver Sun. Please send your Los Gatos and Santa Cruz County news tips to [email protected].


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