Valley of the Heart will be performed at CSUMB Oct. 18, 19

Valley of the Heart comes to World Theater

Story of love and endurance staged Oct. 18 and 19

Valley of the Heart explores themes that are ever-present in California – immigration, racism, identity – and folds them into a love story and a history lesson.

Playwright Luis Valdez calls it a memory play. As in his own life, a Mexican American sharecropping family takes over a ranch whose Japanese American owners are interned during World War II. The ranch owner’s daughter and sharecropper’s son fall in love in the Valley of Heart’s Delight – now known as Silicon Valley – before Pearl Harbor.

Professor helps to set world record

Cal State Monterey Bay Professor Dan Fernandez was one of hundreds of electric vehicle buffs who helped the U.S. reclaim a world record Sept. 20 in Cupertino.

The record for the world’s largest parade of electric vehicles was set at a National Drive Electric Week event at De Anza College. Dr. Fernandez’s Nissan Leaf was one of the 507 vehicles in the parade.