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Local teen self-publishes comic book: 'Magic Pencil, et al' is a hit with readers

Rhonda Mak/Town Crier
Jonathan Ebel, who is high-functioning autistic, has self-published his comic book “The Magic Pencil, et al.” Ebel, pictured with his mother Anne, above, looks over his binder full of original drawings for his self-published comic book.

Fourteen-year-old Jonathan Ebel is a prolific artist. If there’s nothing to do, the high-functioning autistic Los Altos resident can draw all afternoon. In fact, he uses up a ream of paper every two or three days.

It’s little wonder, then, that Ebel and his mother have self-published his comic book, “The Magic Pencil, et al.”

Los Altos going crazy, going places for Pokémon GO

Neda Shahiar/Town Crier
Julian Romberg and Jared Strober of Los Altos play the incredibly popular Pokémon GO game in downtown Los Altos last week.

Niantic’s Pokémon GO is giving people in Los Altos and across the country yet another reason to be fixated on their mobile phones.

The newly released “augmented reality” game has been extremely popular; its app quickly became one of the most frequently downloaded – ever.

A 'Glorious Fourth' in Los Altos


Gina Kermode/Special to the Town Crier

More than 500 attendees filled Shoup Park July 4, as Los Altos Community Foundation hosted its 15th annual Glorious Fourth community celebration. The festivities began with the Pledge of Allegiance and a few words from Mayors Jeannie Bruins and John Harpootlian of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, respectively. The crowd enjoyed patriotic tunes by Ye Olde Towne band and a rousing sing-along. Kids’ activities included Hula Hoop fun, pictured here, and traditional potato sack racing. Food, swinging sounds by the Unicorns and a visit from the county’s biggest fire engine rounded out the afternoon fun.

San Juan Sensations live up to their name at dance convention

Courtesy of San Juan Dance
The San Juan Sensations dance team members spent their Fourth of July participating in the eight-day Dance Masters of America National Convention and Competition, held in Nashville.

The San Juan Sensations dance team represented Los Altos well after “sensational” performances at the 132nd Dance Masters of America National Convention and Competition, held June 30 to July 9 in Nashville.

Led by team director/choreographer, Jordan Micek, the 27 dancers from San Juan Dance in Los Altos competed in 32 routines against hundreds of dancers from across the United States and Canada.

Local vet: Dogs need teeth brushing, too: Pet Pause

Home oral hygiene can make a tremendous difference in your dog’s comfort and health. There are several home care oral hygiene options from which to choose, but keep in mind that anything you can do to help prevent plaque and tartar accumulation will pay big dividends. The most important thing is to provide home oral hygiene over the long haul – effort applied only occasionally or for a short period will be of no long-term benefit.

Listed below are some commonly used options for home oral hygiene that have been proven to be of benefit for dogs. Combining several methods will achieve the best results. All methods of home oral hygiene share the goal of preventing or controlling periodontal disease by minimizing plaque (bacterial film) accumulation, and preventing the mineralization of the plaque to form calculus (“tartar”).

Summer of Service offers volunteer experience, skills for Los Altos youth

The Summer of Service program at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose promotes community service. The Community Outreach Team sorts food donations at The Health Trust.

Those joyous and memorable summers at camp often come to an end when kids become teenagers. The Summer of Service program, however, enables teens to continue making summer camp memories as they log volunteer hours.

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