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Guitar virtuoso Yuri Liberzon aims for the stars with 'Ascension'


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Classical guitar virtuoso Yuri Liberzon has taken a long musical journey to his debut album, “Ascension.”

Describing the power of his artistic weapon of choice, classical guitar virtuoso Yuri Liberzon called on the great Romantic composer Frederic Chopin: “There’s nothing more beautiful than a guitar, perhaps, except two.”

The maxim not only describes an aesthetic preference but a way of life for Liberzon, a Mountain View resident whose pursuit to realize the beauty of classical guitar has spanned 26 years, three continents and finally the initial stages of his campaign to launch his debut album, “Ascension,” this summer.

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Local high school student provides hope for Nepal quake victims through music


Courtesy of Hana Mizuta
Homestead High School student Hana Mizuta, third from left, and fellow musicians in Hope of Music organized and performed a May 23 concert to benefit victims of the earthquake in Nepal.

The devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in April inspired many people to lend a hand, including Los Altos resident Hana Mizuta – and she did so through music.

Mizuta – who just completed her junior year at Homestead High School – is president of Hope of Music, a student-run organization comprising Bay Area high school musicians.

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More Los Altos WWII vets taking part in Honor Flight


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Los Altos resident and World War II veteran Earl Pampeyan traveled to Washington, D.C., with Honor Flight last summer.

Honor Flight Bay Area is preparing to send another group of veterans on an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials dedicated in their honor.

Two Los Altos residents are among the veterans set to travel Thursday through Saturday to the nation’s capital: Frank Zampino, who served in the U.S. Navy during both World War II and the Korean War; and Cal Morris, also a Navy veteran who served during World War II.

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LA Community Foundation accepts grant applications

The Los Altos Community Foundation is accepting Community Grant applications through June 23.

The foundation’s Community Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations and activities that serve Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and surrounding communities.

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ECH Foundation gala raises funds for cancer prevention


Courtesy of El Camino Hospital Foundation
El Camino Hospital Foundation “Sapphire Soirée” co-chairs Peter and Michelle Detkin of Los Altos Hills, center, invited the 1980s chart-topping band Foreigner to perform at the May 16 fundraiser.

The El Camino Hospital Foundation’s fifth annual “Sapphire Soirée” raised more than $375,000 to establish a cancer prevention and early detection program at the hospital to promote cancer wellness and early diagnosis through education, research and testing.

Approximately 450 guests attended the fundraiser, held May 16 at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. The evening included a live auction and a performance by the rock band Foreigner.

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Community Briefs


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Hollister mayor to speak at next SPARC meeting

Mayor Ignacio Velazquez of Hollister is slated to discuss “Changing California – One City at a Time” at the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) meeting June 17 at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

A wine reception and cash bar are scheduled at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and Velazquez’ presentation at 7 p.m.

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