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Local dancers showcase skills at annual show


Courtesy of Marti’s Dance Studio
Students at Marti’s Dance Studio in Los Altos prepare for their annual dance show, scheduled Saturday at Foothill College.

Marti’s Dance Studio has scheduled its 39th annual Dance Show Saturday at Foothill College’s Smithwick Theatre, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

The school’s Tiny Toes students, 18 months to 2.5 years old, are slated to perform with their parents at 11:30 a.m. A 4 p.m. performance will feature intermediate-level dancers practicing hip-hop and other genres of dance. A 7 p.m. tribute show will showcase performances by graduating seniors. New studio director Brian Rapaido, who focuses on hip-hop, is scheduled to make an appearance with his partner at the annual show.

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"World Records" ceremony slated June 28 at museum

Local residents who submitted entries for the “Los Altos World Records” book are invited to an awards ceremony 1-4 p.m. June 28 at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road. Artist Katerina Sedá is slated to present awards at 2 p.m.

More than 250 residents responded to Sedá’s request for records for her “Everything Is Perfect” project, commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art during “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley,” which concluded in March after a five-month run.

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ECH Foundation raises nearly $600K for cancer survivor program


Courtesy of Bettina Rosenberg
Donors and guests enjoying the El Camino Hospital Foundation’s “Sapphire Soirée” event include, from left, Mary and Doug Scrivner; El Camino Hospital Foundation President Jodi Barnard and her husband, Mark; and challenge-grant donors Ed and Pamela Taft.

The El Camino Hospital Foundation’s fourth annual “Sapphire Soirée” fundraiser drew 470 guests to the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton May 31.

The benefit included a performance by the Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies, a live auction and a chance to win a pair of pink sapphire earrings donated by Darren McClung Estate & Precious Jewelry. The event raised nearly $600,000 to establish a cancer survivorship program at El Camino Hospital’s Cancer Center.

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Islam critic decries culture of fear in Conservative Forum talk


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A Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley speaker claimed that it is not the Muslim people but the ideology of Islam that cultivates a climate of fear, with the promise of death to nonbelievers and even those who call Islam into question.

Speaking at the forum’s June 3 meeting, Nonie Darwish, an Egyptian-American former Muslim who is now a Christian, said much of the Quran, considered by some the Muslim equivalent of the Bible, is replete with orders to kill non-Muslims.

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Morning Forum 'understudy' from NPR reflects on U.S. foreign policy


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Tom Gjelten addresses the Morning Forum of Los Altos last week.

National Public Radio correspondent Tom Gjelten said he felt like the “understudy for a Broadway star” when he stepped in as Morning Forum of Los Altos speaker June 3 – his wife, ABC News senior foreign affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz, had been scheduled to speak but was on assignment.

Gjelten’s overseas reporting for NPR has taken him to posts around the world as he covered Latin America; Central Europe; Cuba; the wars in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and Colombia; the Gulf War; the wars in Croatia and Bosnia; the war in Afghanistan; and the invasion of Iraq. He served as lead NPR correspondent during coverage of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and was reporting live from the Pentagon when the plane crashed into it on 9/11. He is a regular panelist on the PBS program “Washington Week.”

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Environmental Volunteers explains its mission at 'Wake Up to Nature'


Courtesy of Karen Purtich
Youth volunteer Charin Park reflects on her experiences working with Environmental Volunteers.

More than 250 local residents attended “Wake Up to Nature” May 6, Environmental Volunteers’ annual fundraising breakfast.

The nonprofit organization shared its mission with guests: to promote understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on science and nature education via classroom-based programs, summer camps and its EcoCenter in the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve.

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