CSMA hosts U.S.-Japan "Friendship" concert

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Los Altos Hills residents Dr. Gary Cleary and Nobuko Saito Cleary, CSMA’s chairwoman of Japanese programs, helped make the “U.S.-Japan Friendship Special Music Concert” possible.

The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) has scheduled the “U.S.-Japan Friendship Special Music Concert” July 13 to celebrate the talents of American and Japanese musicians with autism.

The event includes two concert performances – a family concert at 1:30 p.m. and a formal recital at 3:30 p.m. – in Tateuchi Hall on the CSMA campus, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.


Design a Bike event slated Sunday at history museum

Local bike builder Tom Kabat cycles into Los Altos 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday for a Design a Bike Workshop at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Participants can learn how to craft a unique bike using pieces of plywood, scrap metal and discarded bike parts. Participants will use paper silhouettes and Kabat’s low-tech “cardboard-aided design” process to generate a bike design.


Los Altos council accommodates traditional Indian wedding

Courtesy of Saroj Pathak
Groom Anupam Pathak, with ring bearer Shalin Taksali, arrived on horseback to marry Theresa Bruketta June 15.

Tradition prevailed over city regulations when a June 15 wedding at the Los Altos History Museum combined Indian and Western cultures.

The city’s initial hang-up with Anupam Pathak and Theresa Bruketta’s wedding procession, or baraat in Hindi, was the use of a horse. The horse or elephant that carries the groom in the baraat is an integral part of an Indian wedding. The horse is essential to Indian culture, akin to the white dress for the bride in a traditional Western wedding.


Linden Tree kicks off summer concert series

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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

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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

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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.”


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