Merchants, maypoles, music: Farmers' Market season launches May 1

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Visitors examine the fresh produce on display at last year’s Downtown Los Altos Farmers’ Market.

It wouldn’t be spring without the return of the Downtown Los Altos Farmers’ Market May 1. The Los Altos Village Association sponsors the annual showcase of fresh, local foods.

Live music and a large maypole made for dancing will greet the season’s first visitors, along with local vegetables, fruits, flowers, baked goods, meats and specialty items that customers have come to expect. The seasonal market is scheduled 4-8 p.m. Thursdays on State Street through the end of September.


Living Classroom encourages children to pursue green time over screen time

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The Los Altos School District’s Living Classroom program engages children in experiential learning. Second-graders transplant tomato seeds.

Competing for classroom time against programmable robots and glowing screens isn’t easy, but the Los Altos-based Living Classroom garden education program bucks the tech trend by planting students in the natural world.

In its sixth year of operation, the nonprofit program maintains edible and native gardens at every elementary school in the Los Altos and the Mountain View Whisman school districts, complementing the schools’ curricula.


Sharks announcer talks playoffs with Rotary Club of Los Altos

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Randy Hahn, announcer for the San Jose Sharks, addresses the Rotary Club of Los Altos April 10. The veteran broadcaster has has called more than 1,000 NHL games in 30 years.

Los Altos resident Randy Hahn, the San Jose Sharks’ television play-by-play announcer for 21 seasons, shared his passion for the team with the Rotary Club of Los Altos April 10.


Film career launches with Cannes screening

Courtesy of Zachary Ready
Los Altos native Zachary Ready, front left, and co-director Andrew Cathey, right, celebrate their Campus MovieFest awards.

After learning the art of filmmaking as a child in the front yard of his family’s Los Altos home, Zachary Ready, now 23, envisions a career as successful as the one started in a neighborhood garage by another local-boy-made-good, Steve Jobs.

Two of Ready’s screenplays turned into films are scheduled for screening at the 2014 Cannes International Film Festival in May, which could prove a pivotal point in the young auteur’s career.


LACF's E3 Youth Philanthropy program accepting applications

E-Cubed (E3) Youth Philanthropy, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, is accepting applications from students who enter grade 9, 10 or 11 in the fall.

Students residing in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills or Mountain View or who attend school in Los Altos or Mountain View are eligible to apply. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday.


Los Altos violinist places first in international competition


Stephen Waarts of Los Altos won first prize in the senior division of the 2014 Menuhin International Violin Competition, held Feb. 21 through March 2 in Austin, Texas. Waarts, 17, also received the Bach Prize and the Composer’s Prize, bestowed for best performance of the modern piece commissioned for the competition.

The violin prodigy began performing as a 12-year-old with the Silicon Valley Symphony by playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in November 2008.


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