LAH resident's 'Chaos Theory': Performance benefits charity

Courtesy of Vinita Sud Belani
Los Altos resident Vinita Sud Belani, right, stars alongside actor Puneet in the new EnActe Arts production of “Chaos Theory” opening Friday in Palo Alto.

There are a few conversation topics Vinita Sud Belani broaches only after jokingly warning the other party of “opening Pandora’s box.” Her new theatrical production, “Chaos Theory,” is one of them.

“Oh, my goodness,” the part-time Los Altos Hills resident said. “It’s a play I’m absolutely in love with.”


Exhibitions showcase work of local artists

Courtesy of Naomi Mindelzun
Naomi Mindelzun’s artwork, above, is on display at Gallery 9 in Los Altos through Oct. 31.

Gallery 9 has scheduled an exhibition featuring the selected works of artist Naomi Mindelzun through Oct. 31.

Mindelzun said she has been fascinated for years by the challenge of capturing the natural world in paint. She searches for common structures within bird wings and boats, in a moonscape or a metal fragment splintered from an unknown machine.


Los Altos artist and advocate for children hosts holiday fundraiser

Los Altos artist Midori Adams is scheduled to host a holiday boutique in November featuring handcrafted items from 15 Bay Area artists.

The boutique, a benefit for Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, is slated 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 14 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 15 at 228 Marvin Ave., Los Altos.


Residents encouraged to become BAT leaders

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Los Altos Block Action Team leaders Sherie Dodsworth and Richard Roche recruit volunteers at a recent Los Altos Senior Center open house.

The Los Altos Block Action Team (BAT) has scheduled training sessions 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 29 and Nov. 18 at Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

BATs are partnering with the city of Los Altos and the Santa Clara County Fire Department to provide residents with information in the event of a major emergency or natural disaster.


LAUMC seeks volunteers to serve community for Compassion Week

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to partner with agencies around the Bay Area to sponsor service projects for the church’s third annual Compassion Week, running through Sunday.

Thousands of volunteers join together to serve the community through 100 service projects.


Jazzercise instructor marks 35 years of exercise with Saturday workout

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Jazzercise instructor Barbara Peterson, shown here at her 30th anniversary workout in 2010, is still going strong.

When Barbara Peterson of Los Altos Hills taught her first Jazzercise class, disco was still king and Jimmy Carter was in the White House. A lot has changed in 35 years, but Peterson is still at it.

Enthusiastic about exercise and life in general, Peterson, now 58, shares her passion with others, endearing herself to generations of aerobics students who have taken her classes in Los Altos and Mountain View.


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