Ye Olde Towne Band keeps up its 'chops'

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Ye Olde Towne Band conductor John DeLoach, above left, leads the band through several numbers during the recent “Glorious Fourth” event at Shoup Park.

Like fireworks, watermelon and iced tea, no summer would be complete without musical entertainment from Ye Olde Towne Band.

Since the band’s start in Los Altos in 1972, members have dedicated themselves to performing in Shoup Park every summer – and this summer is no exception. The group’s free concerts are scheduled 1:30-3:30 p.m. the final Sunday of each month through September.


An afternoon of art, fashion and music slated at Gitane Los Altos: Local Arts Roundup

Courtesy of Audrey Lund
Los Altos artist Audrey Lund’s “Sunset Drive, San Francisco” is among her works on display at Gitane Freedom of Style boutique through the end of August.

Gitane Freedom of Style boutique in downtown Los Altos has scheduled an afternoon of art, fashion and music noon to 4 p.m. July 27 at 334 State St.

The event will feature a collection of paintings by Los Altos artist Audrey Lund, a live art demonstration by Oleg Tumasov, jewelry art courtesy of Alicia Van Fleteren and live music from pianist Oliver Michael Robertson.


Disability Pride Parade & Festival slated Saturday

The fifth annual West Coast Disability Pride Parade & Festival is scheduled noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Mountain View.

Parade check-in will begin at 11 a.m. in Centennial Plaza, 701 W. Evelyn Ave. The parade route will travel from the plaza four blocks down Castro Street to Pioneer Park, 590 Castro St., near Mountain View City Hall, where the festival is located.


Monsters, monsters everywhere – oh, and have some wine: Helix hosts unusual happy hour for adults Friday in Los Altos

Helix by Exploratorium has scheduled a free monster-themed “Helix Happy Hour” for visitors 18 and older 6-8 p.m. Friday at 316 State St., Los Altos.

Bay Area Art & Science Interdisciplinary Collaborative Sessions (BAASICS) – a nonprofit organization that produces programs that aim to make the contemporary fine arts and sciences accessible and inspiring to a wide audience – serves as coordinator of the event.


Annual Obon Festival scheduled this weekend

Courtesy of Margaret Abe
More than 400 dancers participate in the Mountain View Buddhist Temple’s annual Obon Festival and Bazaar. This year’s event is scheduled Saturday and Sunday at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple on Shoreline Boulevard. Haley Sawamura of Los Altos, left, and her friends Alison Takahashi and Deanna Okuno dance in the Bon Odori at last year’s festival.

The ancient Buddhist tradition of honoring ancestors’ spirits reappears annually through Obon festivals throughout the world. The Mountain View Buddhist Temple is scheduled to celebrate the traditional mid-summer holiday with the Obon Festival and Bazaar 4-10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday on the temple grounds, 575 N. Shoreline Blvd.

The Mountain View Temple invites local residents – Buddhist and nonBuddhist alike – to mark the two-day holiday festival and experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Japanese culture.


Save the Date

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Aug. 11-17

The Lively Foundation International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley at Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St. The festival includes workshops in technique, repertory and classes. Information: 969-4110 or


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