Local Service League of Boys devotes 1,200 hours to volunteer service

Courtesy of Annette Jenab
The Mountain View/Los Altos Service League of Boys joined with other local organizations in April to clean, paint and landscape Cesar Chavez Elementary School in East Palo Alto as part of National Rebuilding Day.

The Mountain View/Los Altos Service League of Boys recently completed its second full year of service to the community.

Founded in 2013, the Service League of Boys – a philanthropic organization that seeks to strengthen parent-son relationships and promote leadership development through community service – comprises nearly 100 boys representing a dozen local middle and high schools.


Guitar virtuoso Yuri Liberzon aims for the stars with 'Ascension'

Courtesy of Yuri Liberzon
Classical guitar virtuoso Yuri Liberzon has taken a long musical journey to his debut album, “Ascension.”

Describing the power of his artistic weapon of choice, classical guitar virtuoso Yuri Liberzon called on the great Romantic composer Frederic Chopin: “There’s nothing more beautiful than a guitar, perhaps, except two.”

The maxim not only describes an aesthetic preference but a way of life for Liberzon, a Mountain View resident whose pursuit to realize the beauty of classical guitar has spanned 26 years, three continents and finally the initial stages of his campaign to launch his debut album, “Ascension,” this summer.


Local high school student provides hope for Nepal quake victims through music

Courtesy of Hana Mizuta
Homestead High School student Hana Mizuta, third from left, and fellow musicians in Hope of Music organized and performed a May 23 concert to benefit victims of the earthquake in Nepal.

The devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in April inspired many people to lend a hand, including Los Altos resident Hana Mizuta – and she did so through music.

Mizuta – who just completed her junior year at Homestead High School – is president of Hope of Music, a student-run organization comprising Bay Area high school musicians.


More Los Altos WWII vets taking part in Honor Flight

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Los Altos resident and World War II veteran Earl Pampeyan traveled to Washington, D.C., with Honor Flight last summer.

Honor Flight Bay Area is preparing to send another group of veterans on an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials dedicated in their honor.

Two Los Altos residents are among the veterans set to travel Thursday through Saturday to the nation’s capital: Frank Zampino, who served in the U.S. Navy during both World War II and the Korean War; and Cal Morris, also a Navy veteran who served during World War II.


LA Community Foundation accepts grant applications

The Los Altos Community Foundation is accepting Community Grant applications through June 23.

The foundation’s Community Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations and activities that serve Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and surrounding communities.


Faria and friends unite to raise funds for cancer research

Courtesy of Joseph Faria
Supporters of last month’s Relay For Life event in Mountain View include, from left, Los Altos residents Matthew Aufricht, Connor Chu, Matthew Demele and Dominic, Eileen and Joseph Faria. The Los Altos Relay For Life is slated June 13.

Los Altos resident Joseph Faria has raised money for the American Cancer Society for five years – with help from his friends.

Faria, a senior at Homestead High School, his brother Dominic and fellow Los Altos residents Matthew Aufricht, Connor Chu, Matthew Demele, Ian Claras, Matthew Schwartz and Justin Miller participated in last month’s Relay For Life event in Mountain View for the third time, the signature fundraiser for ACS.


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