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Popular Zumba instructor celebrates five years of fun in downtown Los Altos

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Zumba instructor Ula Ghosheh, left, says the key to enjoying her Oola Dance Fitness classes is to “lose yourself in the music.”

At a recent night class at the American Legion on First Street, Zumba instructor Ula Ghosheh leads her students with joy and enthusiasm. The music is blasting and everyone’s smiling. Her students are not only getting a workout, they’re having a great time.

It’s no wonder Ghosheh has nearly 400 students per week in her Oola Dance Fitness classes.

Internationally known author plans local talk

MICHAEL LIONSTAR/ Special to the Town Crier
Alexander McCall Smith is scheduled to appear in the Los Altos area in October, where he will speak at the “One from the Heart” fundraiser supporting Pathways Hospice.

Best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith now travels extensively – from Istanbul to Australia – meeting his readers. His travel schedule brings him to the Los Altos area in October for the “One from the Heart” awards breakfast, the annual fundraiser for Pathways Home Health and Hospice.

Smith is the keynote speaker at the event, scheduled 7:30-9:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real in Palo Alto. He is also being hosted at a private reception in Los Altos.

The art of love : Los Altos resident proposes marriage via art exhibit at CSMA

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Anthony Palomo popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, Luz Maria Marban, with an art exhibit at the Community School of Music and Arts.

Although it was visible to all Community School of Music and Arts visitors Aug. 4, Anthony Palomo designed an exhibit of personal photographs and paintings for an audience of one: his longtime girlfriend, Luz Maria Marban.

Text in acrylic paint featured the necessary words, but Palomo knelt and recited them as well. Marban tossed back her head and laughed. She accepted Palomo’s proposal and exchanged the cup of coffee in her hand for his engagement ring.

Ex-FBI agent turned author has plenty of stories to tell

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Former FBI agent and attorney Russell Atkinson of Los Altos embarked on a new career as a mystery novelist.

Russell Atkinson didn’t set out to become an author – his work experiences led him to it. The longtime Los Altos resident has worked for the FBI, in high-tech security and as an attorney.

“I certainly hadn’t intended to be an author at any point … (but) I had this very compelling story that I felt needed telling,” he said.

Foothill-De Anza chancellor highlights innovative programs in Rotary Club talk

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Judy Miner addresses the Rotary Club of Los Altos at its Aug. 4 meeting.

Despite state funding cuts, Chancellor Judy C. Miner of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District remains positive about the colleges’ innovative educational programs.

Miner, president of Foothill College for eight years before assuming the chancellor’s role in 2015, discussed the district’s focus and goals at the Aug. 4 Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting, touching on the following areas of progress.

Los Altos couple organizes walk to fund fight against pancreatic cancer

Courtesy of the Nichols family
The Nichols family – from left, Aaron, Clara, Evan and Leah – is joining the fight against pancreatic cancer.

After dealing with the emotions of losing loved ones to pancreatic cancer, Los Altos residents Aaron and Leah Nichols wanted to bring hope to others going through the same thing.

The couple is organizing the 2016 Silicon Valley Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, scheduled Oct. 1 at Shoreline Park in Mountain View.

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