Friday, July 27, 2012

Around our World Recap

From Greece to Mexico to the great state of California, our participants experienced it all this week at Via West. We made tamales and tortillas, Japanese fish kites, Mexican pot dolls, Chinese chicken salad, and origami.

We also learned how to do an original Mexican hat dance!

We took an exciting field trip to the Mission in Santa Clara, and then we indulged in quite the feast at the Yiassoo Greek Restaurant in Cupertino.

We learned Spanish words and Chinese characters, played games from Mexico and Asia, and took a nice California horseback ride in the Via West Corral. Somehow, we still had enough energy left for the dance and the talent show! To see more pictures from this session, please visit our Facebook page.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Medieval Madness Recap

Hear ye, hear ye fair knights and ladies of Via West! Medieval Madness week is sadly over, but such fun was had by all! Participants ate giant turkey legs by the fire and jousted and decorated the maypole during an unforgettable Renaissance Fair.

Everyone learned how to embroider, make candles, and ride a horse just like in the olden days. After learning our own Shakespeare play for a performance, we took a field trip to picnic and watch others tackle the Bard's work at the Shakespeare Festival.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Party in the USA Recap

Happy Birthday America! Via West celebrated Independence Day in style with a square dance, a cookout, and America's favorite past time - BASEBALL!

Participants had some fun in the pool, learned about Betsy Ross and the American Flag, made hamburgers and potato salad, sang patriotic songs, and played a Jeopardy game comprised of questions all about our great country.

Everyone had a fantastic time at the San Jose Giants baseball game, and it was so much fun to "oooh" and "aaah" over the fireworks display at the end.

Another highlight of the week was horseback riding in the corral on campus, and who could forget the talent show?

Friday, July 6, 2012

Career Week Recap

Career Week is officially in the books, and what a spectacular session it was! Participants worked with cameras, helped out in the kitchen with Deli Dave, competed in a friendly Jeopardy game, and learned all about money.

Volunteers from World We Dream came and aided Via West staff with helping participants practice job interviews. Everyone had a ball at the dance and quite a few people brought down the house at the talent show!


Groups took turns attending a field trip to the Intel Museum where they learned all sorts of interesting facts about technology.

From Intel, it was on to Mariani's restaurant where participants were treated to a luxurious buffet lunch. It was a wonderful time spent enjoying delicious food and time with friends.

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