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Councilmembers hold open office hours

eduled open office hours at locations throughout the city. Each week, one councilmember is available for a two-hour period to answer questions, receive input and discuss topics of interest with local residents.

Upcoming sessions are slated 1-3 p.m. ...

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Schools

School Briefs

Loyola K-Kids continue eyeglasses drive

The Loyola School K-Kids Club, sponsored by the Los Altos Kiwanis Club, is attempting to set a club record during its 10th annual “Share Old Spectacles” drive – and it is close.

Students set...

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Community

Los Altos Library presentation focuses on Islam

The Los Altos Library and Los Altos Voices for Peace have scheduled Islamic scholar Shaykh Alaeddin El Bakri to discuss “One God: One Humanity” 7 p.m. May 19 at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Educated in both Islamic studies a...

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Sports

Sports on the Side

St. Francis hosts HOF dinner in June

St. Francis High’s Hall of Fame Induction Celebration is set for 5 p.m. June 11 at the school’s Makley Event Center. Honorees include seven teams and 11 athletes, including baseball player John Gall...

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Letters to the Editor

LAH history should be documented

I am writing to express an alternative view to that presented in the article regarding the proposed expenditure by Los Altos Hills to expand the anthology that was begun for the town’s 60th anniversary celebrat...

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Special Sections

If my registered car doesn't run, do I need to report it?

Q: My vehicle is currently registered, but I blew the engine and it’s not being driven, so I canceled my car insurance. Do I need to report that to the DMV?

A: Yes. If your registration fees are due within 60 days of the vehicle registration e...

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Business

Business Brief

City hosts discussion with local merchants

Los Altos Economic Development Manager Jennifer Quinn has scheduled a Business Coffee Chat with merchants 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesday at Curves, 2069 Grant Road, Los Altos.

Quinn will present a summary of current...

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People

Stepping Out

Arts Briefs

Pacific Ballet hosts ‘Spring Showcase’ this weekend in MV

Pacific Ballet Academy has scheduled four performances of its “Spring Showcase” this weekend on the MainStage at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 ...

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Briefs

LAUMC sponsors rummage sale

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled its annual rummage sale 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 13 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14 at the church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The sale will feature a large selection of household and garde...

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West Bay Opera takes another stab at ‘Tosca’


courtesy of WEst Bay Opera
Soprano Stacey Stofferahn sings the title role in West Bay Opera’s production of “Tosca,” slated to open next weekend in Palo Alto.

West Bay Opera’s production of “Tosca” is scheduled Oct. 11-20 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto, with a preview set for Thursday.

A new production of Giacomo Puccini’s classic tale of passion, oppression and death, the opera premiered in 1900. It is based on a work by French playwright Victorien Sardou.

“The Tosca story is about what perfectly reasonable people will do when pushed to extremes by the circumstances,” said Jose Luis Moscovich, West Bay Opera’s general director and conductor. “It makes for great theater and even better opera. Puccini was a genius at making the stage sizzle with passion, whether it was love, lust, murder or, in this case, all of the above.”

Philip Skinner – who portrayed Iago in last season’s “Otello”– returns to West Bay Opera as Scarpia, Rome’s unscrupulous chief of police. Soprano Stacey Stofferahn performs the title role. The cast includes David Gustafson (as Mario Cavaradossi), Nadav Hart (Spoletta), William O’Neill (Angelotti), Carl King (the Sagrestano) and Matthew Pierce (Sciarrone).

“We have a cast that will deliver the goods,” Moscovich said. “People will be on the edge of their seats – even though they already know how it ends.”

Fully staged in the original Napoleonic period setting, “Tosca” features lavish costumes and video-enhanced sets.

This marks West Bay Opera’s sixth production of “Tosca.” It will be sung in Italian, with English titles from a new translation Moscovich prepared specifically for this production.

Performances are slated 8 p.m. Oct. 11, 2 p.m. Oct. 13 (followed by a post-performance discussion with the cast and directors), 8 p.m. Oct. 19 and 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road. A free preview with piano is set for 8 p.m. Thursday at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.

For tickets and more information, visit WBOpera.org.

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