San Juan dancers attend national convention

Courtesy of Jordan Micek
Dancers from the San Juan School of Dance are all smiles as they pose with the trophies they won at the recent American Dance Awards National Convention in Boston.

Nearly two dozen girls from the San Juan School of Dance attended the American Dance Awards National Convention in Boston July 1-7, competing against dancers from across the United States, Canada, South Africa and Ecuador.

Among the San Juan dancers were three reigning solo titleholders from the California regional event: Nicole Carey, Young Dancer of the Year; Sarah Martinez, Junior Dancer of the Year; and Jolena Ma, Dancer of the Year. The girls competed for the national title in their respective groups.


Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting – Los Altos church celebrates a century of worship

Los Altos church in 1914, left, featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Photo Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building in Los Altos – is scheduled to commemorate the 100th anniversary of its sanctuary 3-5:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at 461 Orange Ave.

The contents of a metal-box time capsule, sealed upon the sanctuary’s consecration Aug. 23, 1914, will be on display at the event. The celebration will include food, music and displays about the church’s current programs and the community groups that use its facilities.


Pet of Week: Kitten Bonanza

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Miramonte Veterinary Hospital has 7 kittens on its hands, all looking for new local homes.


Ye Olde Towne Band keeps up its 'chops'

Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Ye Olde Towne Band conductor John DeLoach, above left, leads the band through several numbers during the recent “Glorious Fourth” event at Shoup Park.

Like fireworks, watermelon and iced tea, no summer would be complete without musical entertainment from Ye Olde Towne Band.

Since the band’s start in Los Altos in 1972, members have dedicated themselves to performing in Shoup Park every summer – and this summer is no exception. The group’s free concerts are scheduled 1:30-3:30 p.m. the final Sunday of each month through September.


'Everything Is Perfect' project culminates in awards ceremony

Katerina Sedá announces the “Los Altos World Records” holders June 28 as part of her “Everything Is Perfect” project. Her recently released book contains the biggest, smallest and most unusual feats submitted by local residents. Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

The record-holders featured in artist Katerina Sedá’s “Los Altos World Records” book received recognition for their unusual feats at a ceremony at the Los Altos History Museum June 28.

One-by-one, residents of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills came forward to accept a personalized book showcasing the records they entered in the competition. From the Largest Collection of Lint to the Youngest Salesman, the Largest Christmas Tree Collection and the Oldest Cat with the Loudest Meow, the entries highlighted the unique interests and personalities of the people who submitted them.


Los Altos boy hits all the right notes at piano competition

Courtesy of the Cha family
Spencer Cha of Los Altos performs at the 19th annual Chopin Competition for Young Pianists.

A 9-year-old Los Altos boy took another step toward his dream of becoming a concert pianist when he placed first in his age group at the 19th annual Chopin Competition for Young Pianists last month.

Spencer Cha beat out 21 fellow pianists to claim the 9-and-under category. The San Francisco Chapter of the Chopin Foundation of the United States – a national nonprofit dedicated to recognizing talented young musicians – hosted the June 7 competition.


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