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Downtown Los Altos Holiday Tree Lighting, 6-8 p.m. at Community Plaza, corner of Main and State streets. The event includes free train rides, performances by the Mountain View High School Madrigals and the Bullis Charter School Choral Group, holiday-themed refreshments and an appearance by Santa. Information:


Local filmmaker’s ‘Batkid Begins’ premieres July 10 in MV

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"Batkid Begins" director Dana Nachman, right, stands on set with director of photography Naomi Ture.

The vision of Los Altos screenwriter-director Dana Nachman is scheduled to hit the big screen today (July 10) in Mountain View.

"Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World" chronicles the day that the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation and the city of San Francisco joined forces to grant a 5-year-old boy's wish to become Batman.

The film has premiered in approximately a dozen cities over the past two weeks. It is slated to open today at Century Cinema 16, 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. Reserve tickets are available at

Nachman plans to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the film with a Q&A after the 7:10 p.m. showings today and Saturday.

For more information on the local filmmaker and the story behind the production, see next week's Town Crier.

ECH Foundation gala raises funds for cancer prevention

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El Camino Hospital Foundation “Sapphire Soirée” co-chairs Peter and Michelle Detkin of Los Altos Hills, center, invited the 1980s chart-topping band Foreigner to perform at the May 16 fundraiser.

The El Camino Hospital Foundation’s fifth annual “Sapphire Soirée” raised more than $375,000 to establish a cancer prevention and early detection program at the hospital to promote cancer wellness and early diagnosis through education, research and testing.

Approximately 450 guests attended the fundraiser, held May 16 at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. The evening included a live auction and a performance by the rock band Foreigner.


Community Briefs


Kopp talks high-speed rail at SPARC meeting

Judge Quentin L. Kopp is scheduled to discuss high-speed rail in a presentation titled “Crazy Train or the Big Engine That Could?” at the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition meeting 6 p.m. today at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

Kopp, 86, one of the original champions of high-speed rail in California, is now speaking out against the plan.


Celebrity storytime with the chief

Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis reads to children March 3 at a Celebrities Read event, a storytime series underway at the Los Altos Library. Younis’ attentive audience heard all about “Officer Buckle and Gloria,” whose safety tips for children – and adults – are revealed in Peggy Rathmann’s book. Celebrities Read continues through today at the main and Woodland Branch libraries as part of Silicon Valley Reads 2015.


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