LAH resident's 'Chaos Theory': Performance benefits charity

Courtesy of Vinita Sud Belani
Los Altos resident Vinita Sud Belani, right, stars alongside actor Puneet in the new EnActe Arts production of “Chaos Theory” opening Friday in Palo Alto.

There are a few conversation topics Vinita Sud Belani broaches only after jokingly warning the other party of “opening Pandora’s box.” Her new theatrical production, “Chaos Theory,” is one of them.

“Oh, my goodness,” the part-time Los Altos Hills resident said. “It’s a play I’m absolutely in love with.”


Exhibitions showcase work of local artists

Courtesy of Naomi Mindelzun
Naomi Mindelzun’s artwork, above, is on display at Gallery 9 in Los Altos through Oct. 31.

Gallery 9 has scheduled an exhibition featuring the selected works of artist Naomi Mindelzun through Oct. 31.

Mindelzun said she has been fascinated for years by the challenge of capturing the natural world in paint. She searches for common structures within bird wings and boats, in a moonscape or a metal fragment splintered from an unknown machine.


LAUMC seeks volunteers to serve community for Compassion Week

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to partner with agencies around the Bay Area to sponsor service projects for the church’s third annual Compassion Week, running through Sunday.

Thousands of volunteers join together to serve the community through 100 service projects.


Jazzercise instructor marks 35 years of exercise with Saturday workout

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Jazzercise instructor Barbara Peterson, shown here at her 30th anniversary workout in 2010, is still going strong.

When Barbara Peterson of Los Altos Hills taught her first Jazzercise class, disco was still king and Jimmy Carter was in the White House. A lot has changed in 35 years, but Peterson is still at it.

Enthusiastic about exercise and life in general, Peterson, now 58, shares her passion with others, endearing herself to generations of aerobics students who have taken her classes in Los Altos and Mountain View.


Local real estate group creates scholarship fund for U.S. veterans

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The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors hosted the “Realtors Honor Veterans” event to raise money for its new Veterans Scholarship Fund. Pictured, from left, are Lehua Greenman, Chris Isaacson, Joe Brown, Warren Slocum, Larry Tringali, Steve Trolan, Joe Simitian, Tom Gordon, Bill Weseloh, Mike Frangadakis, Kelly Hutter, Derrick Felton, Bill Moody and Frank Limon.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors saluted U.S. veterans at its “Realtors Honor Veterans” event, held Sept. 23 at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club.

The event raised more than $37,000 for the SILVAR Veterans Scholarship Fund, a new component of the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation’s focus on education. The fund supports U.S. veterans and dependents of deceased veterans residing in the local trade association’s traditional service area who wish to further their education.


Holiday help for the poor: UPC gathers items for Operation Christmas Child

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Union Presbyterian volunteers Jeannie Waltz, left, and Glenda Strombom are helping with Operation Christmas Child, which involves filling shoeboxes with necessities for underprivileged children.

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos hosted a packing party last month for Operation Christmas Child, a project sponsored by the nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse that involves filling shoeboxes with necessities for underprivileged children in developing countries.

Church members have packed 112 shoeboxes with donated hygiene items, toys and school supplies. Each box costs $7 to ship.


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