Linden Tree kicks off summer concert series

Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Steve Chaney and his “Corny Crow,” above and below, entertain children at Linden Tree Books last week. The event launched the Los Altos bookstore’s Summer 2014 Concert Series.

Steve Chaney and his puppet Cornelius Crow launched the Linden Tree Books Summer 2014 Concert Series last week in downtown Los Altos. The pair performed for approximately 50 children and parents gathered in a reading room at the back of the store.

With the aid of “Corny Crow” and two other puppets, ventriloquist Chaney engaged the audience – primarily comprising 4- to 6-year-olds – with songs, animal noises, juggling and jokes for 30 minutes.


Friendship Circle benefit exceeds goal to support special-needs children

Courtesy of Michelle Gottlieb
The Friendship Circle fundraiser draws a happy crowd.

The Bay Area Friendship Circle’s annual “WalkWithFC” fundraiser June 1 generated more than $94,000 to support children with special needs and their families, surpassing organizers’ $90,000 goal.

Held in and around the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center on San Antonio Road in Palo Alto, the fundraiser featured a 3-kilometer family walk with games and prizes, followed by a barbecue and bicycle show.


Leaving law for leadership, LAH resident gives global goals local roots

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos Hills Planning Commissioner Kavita Tankha expands her reach.

Home design and floor-area ratios may not be a subject that one would expect Kavita Tankha – philanthropist, women’s rights advocate and lawyer – to get excited about, but the Los Altos Hills resident has embraced her seat on the town’s Planning Commission as an extension of her skills at a local level.

“Rules and ordinances are very similar to law,” said Tankha, reflecting on her first term on the volunteer commission that spends hours reviewing applications for building permits. “Working with people and thinking critically are skills similar to those used in a court of law.”


Go "Figure" at new Gallery 9 exhibition

courtesy of Robin Chapman
An exhibition of civic center orchard paintings, left, opens Tuesday at the library.

Gallery 9 in downtown Los Altos features the group show “The Figure” through Saturday. The exhibition includes artwork inspired by human, plant and animal forms.

The gallery’s next exhibition, “Flowers,” is scheduled to open Tuesday and run through July 26. It showcases the color photography of Charles Halleck, who has documented the Bay Area for 25 years.


Rotary honors Foothill president for partnership, work with vets

Charles Lindauer/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos Rotary Past President John Sylvester, left, and current President Jack Kelly, right, present Foothill College President Judy Miner with the Paul Harris Award, the club’s highest honor.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos surprised Foothill College President Judy Miner last week, presenting her with the Paul Harris Award, the club’s highest honor.

“Dr. Miner has been supportive in all our efforts at Foothill College,” said Jack Kelly, current president of the club. “This is a great partnership and it is getting greater. Dr. Miner, we truly appreciate all your efforts partnering with Los Altos Rotary. It’s been wonderful, thank you.”


Rotary announces nonprofit recipients of spring grants

The Rotary Club of Los Altos awarded 13 local nonprofit organizations with community grants funded by proceeds from the 2013 Rotary Fine Art in the Park show.

Rotarians disbursed $17,450 in grants from the Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund, in amounts ranging from $300 to $4,000.


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