Student paper, national issue: LAHS Talon editors take on immigration

talon immigration smallLos Altos High School newspaper editors Zoe Morgan and Carly Cohen went on the radio last week to describe the journalism, vocabulary and values behind their student-reported series on classmates who entered the U.S. illegally.


Sunbeam, Sereno realtors team up in fight against childhood bone cancers

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Sereno Group Real Estate and Sunbeam Foundation representatives gather to celebrate Sereno realtors’ $10,000 donation to the foundation. Pictured, from left, are Royce Cablayan, Sylvia Seufferlein, Colleen Rose, Susan Lewandowski, Jeanne MacVicar, Nick Testa, Beth Tompkins, Michele Morrison, Diane Schmitz, Priti Whatley, Brad Wolfe, Pat Looney and Jeff LaBoskey. Wolfe, Looney and LaBoskey hold a framed image of Sunbeam activities that Sereno presented to the foundation.

As word of its mission spreads throughout the community, the Los Altos-based Sunbeam Foundation recently received a sizable donation in its ongoing efforts to fund research for cures for rare childhood bone cancers.

Sereno Group Real Estate in Los Altos Friday presented Sunbeam representatives with a check for $10,000. Sereno employees donated 1 percent of their gross commissions from one fiscal quarter to the foundation as part of their “1% for Good” program.


Los Altos boy spearheads nonprofit to help patients at childrens hospital

Courtesy of Lin Leong
Los Altos resident Bryan Zhang, second from left, receives a certificate from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital for his philanthropic efforts. Pictured, from left, are Lucy Li, Bryan’s mother; Bryan; Jennifer Witte, the hospital’s community relations officer; Sophie Croen, the hospital’s donor relations program assistant; and Alan Zhang, Bryan’s father.

Four years ago, when Los Altos resident Bryan Zhang was 7 years old, he was admitted to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital with pneumonia. During his brief stay, his nurses brought Bryan a stuffed teddy bear to comfort him. He loved the bear and began to feel better.

After returning home, Bryan kept his new bear nearby and thought about the other sick children at the hospital and wondered whether they also received bears or other gifts that lifted their spirits while in the hospital.


Filmmaker seeks audience feedback on 'Purple Onion'

courtesy of Picture Theory
Edwin Li stars as Johnny Lee in Matt Szymanowski’s new film, “The Purple Onion,” scheduled to play at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose next month.

A rough cut of “The Purple Onion,” Matt Szymanowski’s film about a struggling San Francisco comedian, is playing at San Jose’s Cinequest Film Festival next month. Audience reaction could determine the outcome of the final product.

“We are calling on the audience to provide their responses to our film by filling out questionnaires or by participating in mini video interviews after each screening,” Szymanowski said. “The responses could end up affecting our final film, which will have its official world premiere shortly later.”


POPs go the easels: Artists to paint local orchard

Courtesy of Robin Chapman
Artist and Los Altos native Cynthia Henderson Riordan prepares for the upcoming “Paintout.”

Artists from the Peninsula Outdoor Painters (POPs) will be outdoors with their easels this spring in the historical apricot orchard that surrounds the Los Altos Civic Center. The artists have scheduled a “Paintout” 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday and March 11 in and around the orchard, weather permitting.

The painters are creating works for an upcoming exhibition, “POPs in the Orchard,” scheduled for display during the month of July at the Los Altos main library.


Los Altos Hills photo exhibition aids nonprofit Kaleidoscope

Courtesy of Palo Alto Camera Club
The Palo Alto Camera Club’s photos of Cuba, including the shot above, are scheduled for display at Los Altos Hills Town Hall from March 10 through Aug. 28.

Los Altos Hills has scheduled a free public reception for “Capturing Light: The World as We See It,” the Palo Alto Camera Club’s judged photography exhibition and sale, 2-5 p.m. March 30 at town hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

“Capturing Light” is slated for display at town hall March 10 through Aug. 28. The exhibition is divided into two categories: General and Cuba. The Cuba photographs are the product of field workshops held in Havana.


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