Girl Scout orientation meeting set for Sept. 15

An information session for prospective new Girl Scouts and family members is scheduled 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Creekside Room at United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos.

Membership in Girl Scouts is open to girls ages 5-17; women and men over 17 can join as adult members. Girl Scout annual membership is $15 a year, and families can apply for financial aid.

“Girl Scouting is the place for girls to have fun, make friends, and try new experiences such as turning ordinary household items into robots, convincing the mayor to install a swing for special-needs children in a local park, planting redwood saplings, or hiking along the Pacific Coast Trail!” said Sandra Hillman, troop support manager. “We want every girl in Los Altos to be so excited about the adventures she'll have with us that she can hardly wait for it, because she knows she can do anything she sets her mind to. That feeling starts with parents who encourage their daughters, and volunteers who are role models.”

The Girl Scout program is girl-driven, reflecting the changing needs and interests of today's girls. Girls learn the importance of personal responsibility, the value of goal-setting, the spirit of teamwork, and the thrill of accomplishment.

For more information, contact Hillman by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Girl Scouts of Northern California serves a diverse membership of 49,000 girls and more than 31,000 adult volunteers in a 19-county area from Gilroy to the Oregon border. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. To learn more about Girl Scouts of Northern California, visit

'Beach Blanket Babylon' star entertains Rotary Club

“Beach Blanket Babylon” star Tammy Nelson entertains members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos Aug. 21. Jerry Tomanek/Special to the Town Crier

Wearing 300-pound hats as she belts out clever, zany and often bawdy songs, Tammy Nelson stars in the long-running San Francisco revue “Beach Blanket Babylon.” She visited the Los Altos Rotary Club Aug. 21 to entertain members.

How Nelson manages to keep her gigantic hats balanced is a trade secret she refused to divulge. Crooning and teasing as she circulated through the Rotary Club crowd, she crowed, “Use your diaphragm – you really don’t need a microphone.”


Los Altos-Mtn. View AAUW looking for new recruits

The Los Altos-Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women is scheduled to launch its membership year 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13 in the Hillview Community Center Social Hall, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Members, prospective members, friends and interested women and men are invited to attend, particularly parents of school-age daughters.


Downtown to have ‘Dancing in the Streets’ this Friday

Courtesy of Jordan Micek
The San Juan Sensations, scheduled to perform at the September First Friday event, are the competitive dancers who represent the studio at regional and national competitions and conventions. According to the San Juan School of Dance, the Sensations are handpicked to become part of the group, and their love of dance is demonstrated in their work ethic as well as their performances.

There will be “Dancing in the Streets” in downtown Los Altos Friday, the theme of this month’s First Friday event. Activities are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

The San Juan Sensations from the San Juan School of Dance will kick off the dancing at Community Plaza. Lien & Martin’s Argentine Tango will follow at 6:40 p.m. and Juan’s Latin Potpourri at 7:20 p.m.


'Yeah, yeah, yeah!': Beatlemania invades 'Rock Back the Clock'

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The Hula-Hoops of previous “Rock Back the Clocks” are giving way to moptops at this year’s “Beatlemania”-themed event.

Rancho Shopping Center’s annual “Rock Back the Clock” edges into a new era of rock ‘n’ roll this year. The poodle skirts of the previous 1950s-themed sock hops are being replaced by moptop wigs as part of the “Beatlemania” theme at this year’s event, scheduled 6-10 p.m. Sept. 12.

The purpose of “Rock Back the Clock” remains the same, however: It’s a major fundraiser for the annual Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade, with proceeds from the $5 admission fee supporting the holiday parade. This year’s parade is scheduled 6 p.m. Nov. 30 on Main and State streets downtown.


Residents participate in countywide CERT drill; more training sessions ahead

Members of the Los Altos PREPARE Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) participated in a countywide emergency drill Aug. 23. Participants were briefed on how to search their neighborhoods for missing persons in the event of a disaster.

More Los Altos CERT sessions are scheduled this fall. Sessions are slated 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 18 and 25 and Oct. 2, 9 and 16 at Intero Real Estate Services, 496 First St., No. 200, Los Altos. Graduation and field exercises are set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 25 at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.


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