New leader, new season for Peninsula Symphony


The Los Altos-based Peninsula Symphony recently named Sheri Frumkin, a veteran nonprofit development professional, its new managing director.

“We are extremely happy to have an experienced, well-known, local nonprofit executive join the Symphony family,” said Alan Bien, Peninsula Symphony board chairman.


West Bay Opera's 'Il Trovatore' rises to challenge: Review

Can the magnificence of Giuseppe Verdi’s operatic masterpiece “Il Trovatore” be captured in an intimate hall, with a minimal stage and a reduced orchestra? That answer is a resounding yes, as West Bay Opera proved with the opening of its 59th season last weekend at Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto. You can see and hear the performance for yourself this weekend when West Bay is again scheduled to stage the opera.

All it takes to make it happen is the combined talents of some of the best voices specializing in this brilliantly powerful musical drama. “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubador”), composed in 1853, tells a bizarre story of the terror in 15th-century Spain, intermixed with a passionate love triangle and a half-crazed gypsy woman bent on avenging her mother’s unjust burning at the stake. The warfare pits brother against brother, but one of them doesn’t know of the relationship until after he’s had his sibling and romantic rival decapitated.


Museum exhibition tackles 'The Lure & the Legends' that made Silicon Valley: Ambitious project tells pioneers' stories via range of features

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“The Lure & the Legends” organizers gather in the exhibition’s parametric structure Friday. Pictured are, front row, from left: Donald Sibbett, Julie Rose, Paula Tuerk, Trudi Brossard and Lou Brossard. Back: Jason Reiner, Jennifer Miller, Rosie Birnel, Kathy Lera, Carolyn Snyder, Al Bagley, Nan Geschke, Bob Grimm, Cris Johnson, Judy Dahl and Chuck Geschke.

The story of Silicon Valley is now legendary, with its transition from ranchland and orchards to high-tech mecca told countless times and its innovations well chronicled.

But the stories of the people behind the Apple iPhones, Google searches, Adobe software and other world-changing advances haven’t been told nearly as often.


Seeking STEM museum inspiration, Kenyan scientist stops in Los Altos

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Serah Waithera Kahiu, center, chats with Los Altos History Museum volunteers, including Nomi Trapnell, left, during a reception at the museum last week.

As a curious 5-year-old in Kenya, Serah Waithera Kahiu wondered why her shadow followed her during the day but not at night. To help her understand the science behind the phenomenon, Kahiu’s father placed a lamp in front of her hand to illustrate how illumination created a shadow on the wall behind her.

The lesson not only shed light on the subject, but also foreshadowed Kahiu’s career in and devotion to science.


Council candidates discuss investment in south Los Altos

Members of Los Altos Forward solicited questions for a series of forums with the candidates running for Los Altos City Council. Five candidates are running for two seats on the council in the Nov. 4 election.

The candidates were asked to answer the following question in 50 words or less.


Los Altos school resource officer melds teaching and policing

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Katie Krauss, school resource officer for the Los Altos Police Department, addresses an elementary school classroom.

Agent Katie Krauss, school resource officer for the Los Altos Police Department, came into her career with a unique perspective – she previously worked as a teacher.

Krauss’ experiences teaching first and second grades made her the ideal candidate for the law enforcement position. The bulk of her day’s work includes making presentations at local schools on topics like Internet safety, drug use and Code Red training, the lockdown protocol for schools facing armed-intruder situations.


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