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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill Road home April 27 and...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

The Dow...

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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CSMA appoints Music4Schools director

Armienta

The Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View recently appointed Hector Armienta director of its Music4Schools program.

As a member of the senior staff, Armienta will work closely with the executive director and faculty to develop CSMA’s off-site music education programs, which annually serve approximately 5,000 students at more than 15 schools in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. The director’s responsibilities include program and curriculum development, hiring, supervising and training of faculty, and developing collaborations with schools.

“CSMA’s in-school programs are critical to our commitment to ‘Arts4All,’ because they provide weekly, sequential classes, as well as concerts, choral and instrumental instruction, to children who might not otherwise have access to music education,” said CSMA Executive Director Moy Eng. “Hector’s diverse professional experience will be pivotal to CSMA continuing to build partnerships to ensure that music is part of every child’s education.”

Armienta has more than 10 years of non-profit experience as an arts educator, serving as a program director, curriculum specialist and teaching artist. He has held senior-level program positions at Music in Schools Today in San Francisco and Kollage Community School for the Arts in Redwood City. His professional experience also includes working with performing organizations, including Opera Cultura in San Jose, where he has been the artistic director/managing director since 2008. As a curriculum development consultant, Armienta has worked with school districts in Northern and Southern California, as well as with the Arts Council Silicon Valley First Five Program, Young Audiences of the Bay Area and other organizations, to develop music programs for children.

Armienta earned a master’s of music degree in music composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a bachelor’s of fine arts from the California Institute of the Arts.

Throughout his career, Armienta has served as a panelist at numerous conferences and as a member of commissions and committees, including the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Creative Entrepreneur Project, Arts Council Silicon Valley and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a composer whose work in opera and musical theater has received support from the NEA.

“I feel particularly fortunate to be joining the Community School of Music and Arts as the Music4Schools program director,” Armienta said. “It’s an organization that I have long admired, given its local and regional impact in arts education. My hope is to contribute in a meaningful way toward its noble goal of arts education for all.”

For information, call 917-6800 or visit www.arts4all.org.

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