Museum issues call for stories, photos of ancestors

The Los Altos History Museum is collecting stories and photos for its new exhibition, “Spirits Return: Cultural Traditions Keeping Memories Alive,” scheduled to open Oct. 29.

The exhibition will showcase how different cultures remember, honor and celebrate their ancestors – in the Bay Area and around the world – including Dia de Los Muertos (Mexico), Obon (Japan), Qing Ming and the Hungry Ghost Festival (China), Chuseok (Korea), Shradh (India), All Saints and All Souls Days, and Memorial Day.


AAUW kicks off new year with digital gaming presentation

The Los Altos-Mountain View Branch of the American Association of University Women has scheduled its first meeting of the 2015-2016 membership year 3 p.m. Saturday at the Los Altos Neutra House, 97 Hillview Ave.

Paula Escuadra, head of content partnerships for GlassLab Inc., will serve as featured speaker at the kickoff. GlassLab, which develops educational digital games, is based at Electronic Arts’ headquarters and is sponsored by EA, the Gates Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and several other education-focused organizations. GlassLab’s primary product is an educational version of “Plants vs. Zombies 2,” designed for math students ages 11-18.


LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida

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Alexandra McCarthy, crowned Miss Golden State Teen in July, earned “Ms. Personality” honors from her peers.

Alexandra McCarthy has a ways to go before reaching her coveted role as a U.S. Supreme Court justice. But her communication skills have already put her on the right track.

As validation that she’s on the road to making her dreams come true, McCarthy was recently crowned Miss Golden State Teen in the Miss American Coed Pageant held July 4 and 5 in Modesto. She was also voted “Ms. Personality” by her peers.


Week at Indian orphanage leaves lasting impression on local teen

Photos Courtesy of Ananya Panchal
Ananya Panchal visits with a young orphan in India, above. Despite their challenging circumstances, the residents of Sharanalayam are happy, left, and cherish life, Panchal said.

Los Altos resident and Town Crier intern Ananya Panchal spent a week at an orphanage in Coimbatore, India, in June. Following she recounts her experiences.


LAHS student spends summer at Bolshoi Ballet Academy

Photos Courtesy of Jillian SMith
Los Altos High junior Jillian Smith studied at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy over the summer, above. While in Moscow, she visited the sites, including Red Square, right.

Los Altos High School junior Jillian Smith twirled her way to Moscow this summer, landing a six-week language and ballet scholarship at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.

Smith, 16, a Los Altos resident, scored one of 15 academic and merit-based grants for promising ballet dancers nationwide to attend the summer school program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the Russian American Foundation.


First Friday features food and festivities

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Sunday Seven is slated to perform at First Friday in downtown Los Altos.

Los Altos Forward has scheduled a First Friday event 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

The evening will feature activities for all ages. Visitors are invited to browse and shop at more than 60 stores and galleries, many of which offer First Friday discounts as well as complimentary refreshments. Many restaurants will serve a “First Friday Special.”


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