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‘Los Altos Live!’ schedules auditions

“Los Altos Live!,” the fifth annual talent show featuring local performers, is scheduled 7:30 p.m. April 20 at Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

Auditions are slated noon to 4 p.m. April 6 and 7 in Room 803 at Los Altos High.

Proceeds from the Los Altos Cultural Association-sponsored event benefit the Camp Everytown program.

For more information, call Mike Abrams at 954-5999 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

LAH Horsemen group sponsors essay contest

The Los Altos Hills Horsemen’s Association is sponsoring a student art and essay contest with the theme “Why I Love Horses in the Hills.”

The contest is open to children in Los Altos Hills. Judges will award prizes in three age categories: 8 and under, 9-12 and 13-17. Prizes include a pony ride and other gifts for children 8 and under, and $50 gift certificates for the older age groups. Winners will be recognized at a Los Altos Hills City Council meeting in May.

“Our goals are basic: to promote interest in horses and to recognize how horses make our community unique,” said association member Jolon Wagner.

Essays should be no more than 400 words, with a concentration on theme development, creativity, writing style, fluency, voice and uniqueness. Any type of art is encouraged, from abstract to traditional. Various media may be used, but work is required to adhere to the theme, feature at least one horse and be created by the student alone. Participants must include name, address and contact information.

The deadline for submissions is April 19. Winners will be announced in May.

Mail or deliver essays or artwork in care of the Los Altos Hills Horsemen’s Association, Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.

For more information, visit www.lahha.org.

Conservative group offers essay contest

The Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley is sponsoring an essay-writing contest for graduating high school seniors from Santa Clara County, including those who are home-schooled.

The group will award up to two $1,000 scholarships as well as a number of certificates of accomplishment.

The writing prompt: “In America, citizens are presumed to be equal in the eyes of the law; why then does this equality of opportunity fail to yield equal results for all? Explore how both individual liberty and governmental force relate to this phenomenon.”

Essays should be no longer than 1,000 words.

The deadline is March 31. Submit essays to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information, visit www.theconservativeforum.com.

Youth Symphony marks 50th anniversary

The award-winning El Camino Youth Symphony has scheduled its 50th Anniversary Benefit Concert & Gala 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.

The program will feature three special guests: two-time Grammy-nominated and Juilliard-trained violinist Philippe Quint, Juilliard-trained pianist Naomi Kudo and Brandon Ridenour, principal trumpeter of the Canadian Brass.

Quint, who first took the stage with the Symphony in 1996 when he was an up-and-coming Juilliard student, will perform Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. He has received several Grammy nominations and performs with major orchestras throughout the world.

Kudo and Ridenour will pair for Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra.

The Senior Symphony under Camilla Kolchinsky will perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.

Tickets for the concert and party are $80 for adults, $50 for students and alumni. Party-only tickets are $50 for adults, $25 for students and alumni.

For tickets and more information, call 213-7111 or visit www.ecys.org. For concert tickets only, visit ticketmaster.com (service fees may apply).

SJSU president speaks at main library

Mohammad H. Qayoumi, president of San Jose State University, is scheduled to speak 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Friendship Force of the San Francisco Bay Area hosts the free talk, titled “Higher Education at a Crossroads.”

Qayoumi, in collaboration with Silicon Valley leaders, has developed objectives for reforming higher education. He will answer questions on education and on his native Afghanistan.

Friendship Force International has more than 360 chapters on six continents that promote global peace and friendships through the hosting of club members from around the world.

A social time is slated to follow the talk, including light refreshments and the opportunity to learn about club activities.

For more information, call 961-3539.

Encore! event encourages involvement

The Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Partners for Elder Generations has scheduled its annual “Encore! Investigate Your Passion and Get Involved” event 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Encore! is an interactive event for adults 50 and older, featuring more than 25 nonprofit exhibits, lunch and a panel discussion on encore career opportunities.

Encore! participants can explore new possibilities for life enrichment, meet and talk with representatives from nonprofit organizations who need volunteers and consult with others on how to start a new career.

Admission is free, but reservations are required.

For reservations and more information, visit www.rotarypeg.org.

Meeting targets density, urbanization

A group of local residents concerned about regional housing density has scheduled a town hall meeting 6:45 p.m. today at Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Ave., San Jose.

The event, aimed at residents of Los Altos, Los Gatos, Saratoga and Monte Sereno, addresses regional housing growth plans expected to affect the look and feel of suburban neighborhoods and schools.

According to Los Gatos resident Bob White, one of the event organizers, high-density housing and transit-oriented development urbanizes towns. He added that residents concerned about change in their hometowns need to provide input to local elected officials.

Attendees are invited to arrive early to eat before the presentation begins at 6:45.

To RSVP or for more information, visit losgatos-saratogatownhall.eventbrite.com.

CSMA gala honors

LAH residents

The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled its annual gala 5 p.m. March 16 at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

The gala, which will feature a “Mardi Gras” theme, will honor Los Altos Hills residents Robert and Sue Larson, CSMA supporters since 1993. Sue served on the CSMA board of directors for 12 years, including a stint as chairwoman, as well as in a variety of other volunteer positions. Tickets are $275. For tickets and more information, visit www.arts4all.org/gala/index.htm. East West Bookstore hosts author Temes Ivan Temes, author of “Care: Bringing Joy to Your Life and Work,” is scheduled to discuss his book 7:30 p.m. March 13 at the East West Bookstore, 324 Castro St., Mountain View. A career coach and customer service director to thousands of organizations, Temes will share the common-sense tools and wisdom he acquired through his work building service teams worldwide for companies like Apple Inc. and Levi Strauss & Co. Temes’ presentation is designed to educate and motivate people who feel that there is more to life and want to apply their skills to accomplish significant work in the world. Admission is free, but reservations are requested. To reserve a space and for more information, call 988-9800 or visit www.eastwest.com. History Museum features ‘Bear in Mind’ display The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled the “Bear in Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly” exhibition through March 24. According to exhibition organizers, scientists estimate that 10,000 grizzlies once roamed California. However, through increased human settlement, loss of habitat and hunting, the grizzly vanished from the state by the early 1900s, today seen only on the state flag. The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road. Admission is free. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. For more information, visit www.losaltoshistory.org or call 948-9427. Bookmobile visits LAH The Santa Clara County Library District Bookmobile is scheduled to stop in the parking lot at Gardner Bullis School, 25890 W. Fremont Road in Los Altos Hills, 2-3 p.m. every other Friday. The Bookmobile offers materials to residents who face physical challenges in getting to a library or who don’t live near one. It is stocked with current materials for adults, teens and children, including fiction and nonfiction books in both regular and large print, DVDs, audio books, electronic games, music CDs and magazines. New selections are added daily. The Bookmobile can be used as a regular pickup location for materials and accepts hold requests. For more information and specific dates, call the Los Altos Hills Parks and Recreation Department at 947-2518. Environmental Commission solicits residents’ input The Los Altos Environmental Commission is developing a Climate Action Plan and requests that residents participate in two surveys designed to analyze energy consumption and travel patterns. The Residential Energy and Water Use Survey will assist the city in evaluating policies relating to energy and water conservation. The Resident Travel Patterns Survey will gather information on how residents travel. To participate in the surveys, visit www.losaltosenvironment.org. Complete and return them by Tuesday. For more information, visit the website or contact Senior Planner Zach Dahl at 947-2633 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . SAy Hi helps local seniors The SAy Hi Support Group offers assistance to seniors living in San Antonio Hills, the unincorporated area near Los Altos. Volunteers provide free rides (within a 20

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