Inaugural French festival features local musicians

Photos Courtesy of Mark Starr
Stephen Waarts is among the local residents slated to perform at the Festival of French Classical Music.

Alliance Francaise of Silicon Valley has scheduled its first Festival of French Classical Music June 20 and 21 in Mountain View.

More than two dozen Bay Area musicians will present musical works by Maurice Ravel, Ernest Chausson, Gabriel Fauré, André Jolivet, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc and Charles-Valentin Alkan, in addition to songs made famous by chanteuse Edith Piaf.


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June 14-15

Relay For Life/Los Altos, 10 a.m. June 14 to 10 a.m. June 15 at Egan Junior High School, 100 W. Portola Ave. The 24-hour fundraiser supports the American Cancer Society. Information: Search for Relayforlife/losaltos.


Second Harvest Food Bank kicks off Stand Up for Kids campaign

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties invites Los Altos area residents to participate in an ongoing Stand Up for Kids campaign, co-chaired by Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook Inc. and founder of the Lean In organization, and John Donahoe, president and CEO of eBay Inc.

“In an area where this community has so much, there are still so many people – and 100,000 children – who are relying on Second Harvest for food every month,” Sandberg said. “It’s our responsibility to make sure Second Harvest has the resources it needs to provide all of the food for all of these families.”


Volunteers help seniors with tech tools

Courtesy of John Williams/PAMF
Vicko Matulovic, center, receives help from Dr. Albert Chan of PAMF, left, and Yatin Bhat, Bullis Charter School sixth grader, right, during the “Tech Day for Older Adults” at the Los Altos Senior Center May 17. The event was made possible by a consortium of schools, businesses and nonprofits dedicated to helping seniors learn to use today’s technology. The “Tech Day” drew approximately 60 older adults.

More than 60 local seniors improved their abilities to use personal computing devices at “Tech Day for Older Adults” at the Los Altos Senior Center May 17.

The free service project was co-hosted by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation linkAges TimeBank and the Los Altos Recreation Department. Partners included the Egan Junior High School PTA, the Bullis Charter School Booster Club, the Center for Age Friendly Excellence and the Stanford Alumni Association.


Community Briefs

Library series addresses death

The first session in the Bay Area Funeral Consumers Association’s three-part series “Conversations About Death” is scheduled 7:15 p.m. Friday in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The series is sponsored by a grant from the Los Altos Community Foundation.


Rotary Club announces 2014 ‘Young at Art’ winners

The Rotary Club of Los Altos recently selected the winners of its 2014 “Young at Art” contest.
    This year’s winners include:
    • Alta Vista High School: First prize, Juliette Morizur for her watercolor landscape “Silent Sky”; and second prize, Elias Baltazar for his print and collage “Bridges.”
    • Homestead High: First prize, Maren Pedersen for her untitled mixed media; and second prize, Whitney Lieberman for her photograph “Zion Spring.”
    • Los Altos High: First prize, Gabriela Preciado for her untitled acrylic landscape; and second prize (tie), Ann Suzuki for her acrylic “Girl Wrapped in Color” and Nicole Vendelin for her oil  painting “Brother and Sister.”
    • Mountain View High: First prize, Eriko Sasaki for her untitled autumn landscape watercolor; and second prize, Brooke Beard for her pointillist ink work “Pride.”
    • Pinewood School: First prize, Esther Zhu for her acrylic still-life “Fruit & Vase”; and second prize, Sydni Topper for her digital photography montage “Shooting Hoops.”
        • St. Francis High: First prize, Sophia Xiao for her charcoal “The Ancient Mariner”; and second prize, Vanshika Jain for her computer art piece “Scenic Undertakings.”
    Rotarians select the top two works from each of the six schools serving Los Altos-area high school students.
    The students’ works are on display through mid-May at three downtown Los Altos businesses:  Bank of the West, 176 Main St.; Boston Private Bank & Trust, 345 S. San Antonio Road; and Nature Gallery, 296 State St.
    The winning “Young at Art” works will then move to the Gazebo at Lincoln Park for exhibition during the Rotary Club’s 2014 Fine Art in the Park show and fundraiser May 17 and 18.
    First-prize winners receive a $150 stipend and second-prize winners receive $100 toward their college fund from the Rotary Club of Los Altos.
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