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Local teen self-publishes comic book: 'Magic Pencil, et al' is a hit with readers

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Jonathan Ebel, who is high-functioning autistic, has self-published his comic book “The Magic Pencil, et al.” Ebel, pictured with his mother Anne, above, looks over his binder full of original drawings for his self-published comic book.

Fourteen-year-old Jonathan Ebel is a prolific artist. If there’s nothing to do, the high-functioning autistic Los Altos resident can draw all afternoon. In fact, he uses up a ream of paper every two or three days.

It’s little wonder, then, that Ebel and his mother have self-published his comic book, “The Magic Pencil, et al.”

Los Altos going crazy, going places for Pokémon GO

Neda Shahiar/Town Crier
Julian Romberg and Jared Strober of Los Altos play the incredibly popular Pokémon GO game in downtown Los Altos last week.

Niantic’s Pokémon GO is giving people in Los Altos and across the country yet another reason to be fixated on their mobile phones.

The newly released “augmented reality” game has been extremely popular; its app quickly became one of the most frequently downloaded – ever.

Walk benefits victims of Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Courtesy of Marge Shively
The annual envelope-stuffing party among Cure SMA supporters, held June 27, included, from left, (front) Carolyn Ireland, Patty Mattio, Marge Shively, Judy William, Jeanne Spaulding; (back) Nancy Cook, Jane Halligan, Rory Kaplan, Marilyn Martin, Lois Rosenblum, Bette (last name not given), Ann Werry.

Marge and Jim Shively of Los Altos have steadfastly continued their fight against a disease that claimed the life of their granddaughter nearly 15 years ago.

They’re still raising money for and participating in the annual Walk-n-Roll for SMA, an event their daughter, Linda, started 14 years ago. Linda gave birth to Jessica, who was diagnosed at three months with the deadly and incurable Spinal Muscular Atrophy. It remains the No. 1 cause of death in infants, affecting a child’s ability to crawl, sit, walk, swallow and breathe.

A 'Glorious Fourth' in Los Altos


Gina Kermode/Special to the Town Crier

More than 500 attendees filled Shoup Park July 4, as Los Altos Community Foundation hosted its 15th annual Glorious Fourth community celebration. The festivities began with the Pledge of Allegiance and a few words from Mayors Jeannie Bruins and John Harpootlian of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, respectively. The crowd enjoyed patriotic tunes by Ye Olde Towne band and a rousing sing-along. Kids’ activities included Hula Hoop fun, pictured here, and traditional potato sack racing. Food, swinging sounds by the Unicorns and a visit from the county’s biggest fire engine rounded out the afternoon fun.

Antiques guru evaluates treasures at museum

Antiques adviser and appraiser Steve Yvaska is scheduled to headline the fundraiser “Let’s Talk Antiques” 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Yvaska, author of “The Seasoned Collector” column in The Mercury News, will offer casual evaluations of one personal antique.

San Juan Sensations live up to their name at dance convention

Courtesy of San Juan Dance
The San Juan Sensations dance team members spent their Fourth of July participating in the eight-day Dance Masters of America National Convention and Competition, held in Nashville.

The San Juan Sensations dance team represented Los Altos well after “sensational” performances at the 132nd Dance Masters of America National Convention and Competition, held June 30 to July 9 in Nashville.

Led by team director/choreographer, Jordan Micek, the 27 dancers from San Juan Dance in Los Altos competed in 32 routines against hundreds of dancers from across the United States and Canada.

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