Ballet legend headlines Saturday fundraiser

Western Ballet in Mountain View is hosting an appearance by the legendary ballet teacher Nina Novak 7 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 3) at the school, 914 N. Rengstorff Ave. The event, a fundraiser for the ballet, also features Jose Gamero, Carolina Machado-Gamero and Maykel Solas alongside the Western Ballet ensemble.

Novak was an acclaimed ballerina who was spared from a World War II prison camp and later danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. 

Tickets are $25, $15 for students. For more information, visit or call (650) 968-4455. 

westernballetAt right, Nina Novak dances with Alexi Zubiria in Paquita in 1982.  

Fall festival brings food and fun to downtown Los Altos this weekend

The 24th annual Los Altos Fall Festival is scheduled 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the South Parking Plaza in downtown Los Altos.

Organized by the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, the event features arts, crafts, food, live entertainment, children’s activities and a classic car show.


Holiday help for the poor: UPC gathers items for Operation Christmas Child

Photo courtesy of Kristina Clark
Union Presbyterian volunteers Jeannie Waltz, left, and Glenda Strombom are helping with Operation Christmas Child, which involves filling shoeboxes with necessities for underprivileged children.

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos hosted a packing party last month for Operation Christmas Child, a project sponsored by the nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse that involves filling shoeboxes with necessities for underprivileged children in developing countries.

Church members have packed 112 shoeboxes with donated hygiene items, toys and school supplies. Each box costs $7 to ship.


More music, munchies at downtown First Friday event

The next downtown Los Altos First Friday special event is scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday. First Friday is a monthly promotional event intended to increase the vibrancy of the downtown.

Visitors are invited to browse and shop at more than 60 stores and galleries, many of which offer First Friday discounts as well as complimentary refreshments. Many restaurants will serve a “First Friday Special.”


Morning Forum opens new season with another (dark) side of Dickens

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Tim Farrell makes a point about Charles Dickens at the Sept. 15 Morning Forum of Los Altos.

The Morning Forum of Los Altos launched its 2015 season Sept. 15 with longtime English teacher Tim Farrell’s presentation “A Not-So-Secret Life: Charles Dickens in His Novels.”

Farrell earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University and taught English for 46 years at Gunn High School in Palo Alto.


AAUW launches new year with tea, tech presentation

Paula Escuadra of GlassLab answers questions at the American Association of University Women’s recent kickoff event.

The Los Altos-Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women kicked off its new season Sept. 12 with a tea for Tech Trek Science Camp scholars and their parents at Neutra House.

Featured speaker Paula Escuadra, head of content partnership at GlassLab Inc., maker of learning games, discussed how she combined her passion for cultural anthropology with data analytics to pursue a career that first involved studying Internet behavior for large retail companies.


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