Gallery 9 hosts group show this month; Viewpoints goes with 'Ebb & Flow': Local Arts Roundup

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Judy Miller Johnson’s “Moonwake” is on display at Gallery 9.

Gallery 9 is scheduled to display the work of 28 Bay Area artists in the group exhibition “Reflection,” which runs through Dec. 30.

An artists’ reception is slated 5-7:30 p.m. Friday.


Schola Cantorum accepts bids to conduct 'Hallelujah Chorus'

Schola Cantorum is sponsoring an online auction for the opportunity to conduct 200 voices and Sinfonia Schola Cantorum as they sing the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.


East Palo Alto Kids Foundation brings donors to the classroom

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Students and teachers in East Palo Alto classrooms have had continuous support from the East Palo Alto Kids Foundation since its founding more than 20 years ago.

In California public schools, the government sets standards and governs basics, but local communities determine – through their time and money – the true resources available to a classroom. The East Palo Alto Kids Foundation (EPAK) gives local donors a direct way to support school communities that don’t have the budget to pay for field trips, libraries and supplies on their own.

Among other grants during the last year, EPAK has enabled under-funded classrooms to visit a science museum, a play and a wildlife center; sponsored a collection of grade-level-appropriate books about social justice and equity; and purchased preschool supplies that encourage motor-skills development during play.


Schola Cantorum hosts sing-along of Handel's 'Messiah' in Mtn. View

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Prepare your pipes: Members of Schola Cantorum invite local residents to participate in a singalong of Handel’s “Messiah” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Gregory Wait, front right, is Schola Cantorum’s music director.

The Mountain View-based Schola Cantorum is scheduled to present its 48th annual sing-along of Handel’s “Messiah” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The event typically attracts hundreds of vocalists of all levels and includes an orchestra and conductor.


Jeremiah's Promise builds bridge to lifelong success for foster youth

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Participants in the Jeremiah’s Promise Foster Forward workshop meet with Executive Director Kim Golter, second from left, and volunteer facili- tator Michelle Leavitt, far right.

As Jeremiah’s Promise Executive Director Kim Golter gathers a handful of young adults into a small circle in the center of a classroom at the College of San Mateo, there is a feeling of calm and peace, the feeling of warmth one experiences when returning to the familiar people and comforts of home.

Since 1990, Jeremiah’s Promise has helped more than 950 young people discover a gateway to college, professional mentorship and a supportive community of peers that become family – something they may not have found in the foster-care system.


IRS issues phone-scam warning

The IRS and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration have issued a joint alert warning residents that scammers have been calling homes falsely posing as agency representatives.

The warning followed numerous reports from taxpayers who received unsolicited calls from individuals claiming to be from the IRS and demanding payment – at times in a threatening manner. The Treasury Inspector General has received 90,000 complaints through its telephone hotline to date. Of those, the agency has identified approximately 1,100 victims who have lost an estimated $5 million from such scams.


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