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Los Altos boy hits all the right notes at piano competition


Courtesy of the Cha family
Spencer Cha of Los Altos performs at the 19th annual Chopin Competition for Young Pianists.

A 9-year-old Los Altos boy took another step toward his dream of becoming a concert pianist when he placed first in his age group at the 19th annual Chopin Competition for Young Pianists last month.

Spencer Cha beat out 21 fellow pianists to claim the 9-and-under category. The San Francisco Chapter of the Chopin Foundation of the United States – a national nonprofit dedicated to recognizing talented young musicians – hosted the June 7 competition.

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Whooping cough surge reaches Los Altos in small numbers

Pertussis, the bacteria known as whooping cough, is on the rise again in California.

Santa Clara County has seen fewer infections than Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties this year, with six cases reported in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View as of the first week in July. The California Department of Public Health has tallied nearly 4,600 cases this year – more than all of 2013 – and declared a state of epidemic last month.

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Agencies issue charity fraud alert

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and the Federal Trade Commission recently warned the public that some charitable endeavors aren’t as they appear. The two agencies cautioned that scammers often pose as representatives of disaster-related charities.

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Community Briefs

Landscape designer discusses drought

Landscape designer Deva Luna is scheduled to discuss “Your Lawn Is Dead, Now What?” 7 p.m. today in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Luna will address how to survive the drought and create a water-wise garden via a variety of no-lawn landscaping styles and ideas. Her presentation will cover removing a lawn, selecting climate-adapted native plants and qualifying for landscape rebates.

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Mtn. View High student honors father through Relay For Life


Courtesy of Jeanette Freiberg
Jeanette Freiberg, right, fundraises for Relay For Life to find a cure for cancer.

Life can be difficult when someone you love is battling cancer. Just ask Jeanette Freiberg.

When she was 15 years old, Freiberg, Youth Engagement chairwoman for Relay For Life/Los Altos, lost her father to a rare form of the disease that accumulated in his salivary glands. Although she suffered a great loss, Freiberg said her Relay role helps her cope with the absence of her father while simultaneously fighting for a cure.

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Peninsula Symphony: Impressions from a first-timer concertgoer


Liz Nyberg/Town Crier
Peninsula Symphony performs at Hillview Soccer Field in Los Altos June 21.

Peninsula Symphony’s June 21 performance in Los Altos was my first orchestra concert. I am used to seeing hardcore punk concerts and have played in rock bands.

The free show on the Hillview Soccer Field was fabulous. Approximately 500 people attended, many of them picnicking as they listened to the Los Altos-based group.

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