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Library offers storytelling sessions

The Los Altos Library and its Story Fest Committee have scheduled storytelling sessions 7-8 p.m. the fourth Friday of each month in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

According to organizers, the sessions are designed to bring the “joy of the timeless tradition of oral storytelling” to teens and adults. Experienced storytellers will participate, including members of the Southbay Storytellers and Listeners organization.

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Save the Date

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Local filmmaker brings 'Batkid' to big screen


Above Photo Courtesy of Dana Nachman
Filmmaker Dana Nachman, above right, oversees production of “Batkid Begins” at AT&T Park with director of photography Naomi Ture. Nachman discussed the film after its premiere at Century Cinema 16 in Mountain View.

Curiosity drove Los Altos documentarian Dana Nachman to explore why billions of people championed one child’s wish to become Batman.

“Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World” chronicles the day in November 2013 that the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation and the city of San Francisco fulfilled 5-year-old leukemia patient Miles Scott’s superhero dream.

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'Extraordinary' Los Altos woman to light up the big screen for artists


Megan V. Winslow / Town Crier staff
Ruth Buneman is scheduled to model for three artists Saturday in Los Altos Hills.

The projection screen within the Los Altos Hills Town Hall Council Chambers doesn’t typically broadcast much beyond facts and figures. But come Saturday, that screen should brighten with the infectious smile of Ruth Buneman.

In conjunction with a Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society juried art exhibition on display at town hall through September, Buneman will model within council chambers for three nationally known artists assembled to paint her figure in their own distinctive styles. The artists participating in the “1 Model – 3 Fabulous Artists – 3 Points of View!” exhibition are Santa Cruz resident Mike Bailey, a Bay Area instructor and past president of the National Watercolor Society; Santa Rosa resident Christopher Schink, founder of “The Palette” art magazine; and Foster City resident Myrna Wacknov, a figurative and portrait painter lauded for her watercolor, acrylic and collage work.

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Local youth's Eagle Scout project aims to improve Armenian school


courtesy of the Suppiah family
Los Altos resident Alex Suppiah, left, took on his ambitious Eagle Scout project in Armenia after meeting with members of The Hidden Road Initiative.

While many Boy Scouts opt to conduct their Eagle Leadership Service Projects in their communities, Los Altos resident Alex Suppiah of Troop 75 elected to serve the residents of a place much farther away – Armenia.

“I didn’t choose Armenia specifically,” said the eighth-grader at Summit Denali School in Sunnyvale. “I met the founder of The Hidden Road Initiative and their goals seemed similar to something I wanted to do.”

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Forbidden fruit: Stolen crops ripe for Los Altos residents' finger-pointing


MEGAN V. WINSLOW/TOWN CRIER
Los Altos resident Pierre Pasturel unlatches the homemade PVC enclosure he built to protect his Fuji apple tree from backyard marauders like squirrels and rats.

Roger Melen is the most discerning of fruit growers. Every year, the Los Altos Hills resident waits patiently as his treasured Bing cherry trees blossom and the flowers morph into tiny red bulbs that grow plump and juicy. He harvests only when the fruit develops a deep maroon sheen and a slight tenderness.

Melen’s crop was just a week shy of perfection when he left town for Memorial Day weekend last year. Upon his return, he discovered both trees completely stripped of cherries.

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