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SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues


Graphic courtesy of Don Gardner
Activists claim that a new SFO flight path leaves a “sound shadow” that impacts Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Sky Posse Los Altos Team – more simply known as SPLAT – seeks to squelch the noise...

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Schools

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'


Courtesy of Lia Evard
Water by Youth members gave Egan students a chance to carry a 40-pound Jerry can, to see how difficult it is to obtain water in developing nations.

Water by Youth, a club at Los Altos High School, is making a splash by pla...

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Community

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage


Courtesy of Alicia Madden
Sales of local Girl Scout cookies support service projects, such as funding an orphanage in the village of Mto wa Mbu in Tanzania.

Girl Scout cookies – whether you think of them as a treat, a tradition or a diet comp...

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Sports

Scoreless spells sink LA boys

Scoreless spells sink LA boys


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High point guard Nolan Brennan attempts a shot in Friday’s game versus Palo Alto. He scored eight points in the loss.

There have been several games this season in which the Los Altos High boys basketball t...

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Comment

New 'York' values

New 'York' values


Hughes

 

As we have witnessed California suffer through one of its worst droughts in history over the past few years, all of us, I’m sure, have been keenly aware of our surroundings and have done a small part in trying to conserve wa...

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Special Sections

Getting a charge  out of the Volt

Getting a charge out of the Volt


Courtesy of Chevrolet
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt can be driven up to 50 miles on the power stored in its batteries.

Just five years ago, we wondered in this column what the power supply would be for the car of the future. Gasoline, diesel, electric ba...

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Business

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Ella Roosakos, 11, with her mother, Gail, puzzles over which Gourmet Works sweets to buy as a valentine for Ella’s friend.

The gift-buying rush isn’t exclusive to Christmas. It may jump over...

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People

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

Alan Rodney Mills, PhD, 83, of Los Altos passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30th, 2016. He was born in Rochdale, England in 1933 and came to California in 1962. He was a proud alumni of Manchester Grammar in England, University of Liverpoo...

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Stepping Out

PYT 'Gets Famous'

PYT 'Gets Famous'


Lyn Flaim Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Renee Vetter of Palo Alto, left, and Megan Foreman of Los Altos star in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Judy Moody Gets Famous.” Performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday.

Peninsula...

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Spiritual Life

A time to prepare: Fasting for Lent isn't limited to food

 

Today is Ash Wednesday, which in the Christian calendar marks the beginning of Lent – the 40 days of preparation for Resurrection Sunday, otherwise known as Easter.

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Inside Mountain View

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters


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Residents gather in the fall to protest Mountain View’s rising rents. Rent relief is on the way in the form of a new ordinance.

A controversial Mountain View law requiring landlords to provide lease opt...

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Rotary Club speaker touts Bing Hall acoustics


Steve Pomeroy/Rotary Club of Los Altos
Wiley Hausam, who oversees programming at the new Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University, said the venue will schedule more than 60 performances per year. Hausam spoke at a Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting Nov. 7.

The executive director of Stanford Live, the university’s performing-arts presenter and producer, appeared at the Rotary Club of Los Altos Nov. 7 to sing the praises of the campus’ new Bing Concert Hall.

Wiley Hausam oversees programming at the new performance hall, which opened last January with plans for more than 60 performances per year, in addition to another 30 by the university’s music department.

Following its inaugural season of concerts, future seasons are expected to include multidisciplinary performances showcasing music, dance, theater, opera and immersive video.

Professional performers aren’t the only stars, however.

“There is broad participation by Stanford students, and almost none are musicians,” said Hausam, adding that the students tend to be mathematicians and scientists.

Hausam noted that the “Sing and Play the Bing” event is the one night of the year reserved for community groups to perform free of charge.

The acoustics are extremely sensitive in the 360-degree venue, as everyone can see each other and hear each other – a “very demanding situation,” Hausam said. The wooden stage floor was left unfinished for acoustic reasons. Enormous canvas “sails” surround the 842 seats.

Because the theater holds so few seats, the first 20 shows quickly sold out via subscriptions. To purchase individual tickets, concertgoers must register online at live.stanford.edu for notification when tickets become available. Bing memberships support the high cost of performers in the intimate venue.

“Managing the scarcity of tickets has become a challenge,” Hausam said.

The Stanford campus boasts four performance venues in addition to Bing Concert Hall: Bing Studio with 100 seats, Memorial Auditorium with 1,700, Memorial Church with 1,200 and Frost Amphitheater with 5,000.

Hausam said his goal is “to become the leading presenter of theater arts in all university venues.”

For more information on the Rotary Club of Los Altos, visit losaltosrotary.org.

Marlene Cowan is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

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