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Library hosts seminar on low-water landscapes

The Los Altos Library is scheduled to host the seminar “Double Rebates for Beautiful Low-Water Landscapes” 7 p.m. Monday at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Frank Niccoli, horticulture instructor at Foothill College, and Ashley Carter of the Santa Clara Valley Water District will demonstrate how to create an eye-catching landscape while saving money and water. They will explain how to apply for double rebates for low-water landscape and irrigation upgrades before the Sept. 30 deadline.


Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'

Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.” ELIZA RIDGEWAY/ TOWN CRIER

A massive troupe of young people and grownups gathered in Los Altos this summer to stage the latest iteration of a childhood staple stretching back five generations – and they’ve broken precedent to do it.

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company partnered to stage the “The Wizard of the Oz” at Bus Barn Theater. Although they’ve shared the same performance space for nearly two decades, this is the first time the companies have collaborated. The show had its opening gala last weekend and runs through Aug. 3.


Startup culture takes center screen in locally produced Web series


An acting class bonded three friends, but it took a round of drinks to metabolize the trio’s vision into a unique Web series.

Tired of the stereotypical film roles for women – catty girlfriends and salacious secretaries who play second fiddle to a dominant male – Los Altos Hills resident Taylor Brock and her fellow co-producers Anne Hallinan and Lisa-Marie Newton are switching things up.


San Juan dancers attend national convention

Courtesy of Jordan Micek
Dancers from the San Juan School of Dance are all smiles as they pose with the trophies they won at the recent American Dance Awards National Convention in Boston.

Nearly two dozen girls from the San Juan School of Dance attended the American Dance Awards National Convention in Boston July 1-7, competing against dancers from across the United States, Canada, South Africa and Ecuador.

Among the San Juan dancers were three reigning solo titleholders from the California regional event: Nicole Carey, Young Dancer of the Year; Sarah Martinez, Junior Dancer of the Year; and Jolena Ma, Dancer of the Year. The girls competed for the national title in their respective groups.


Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting – Los Altos church celebrates a century of worship

Los Altos church in 1914, left, featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Photo Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building in Los Altos – is scheduled to commemorate the 100th anniversary of its sanctuary 3-5:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at 461 Orange Ave.

The contents of a metal-box time capsule, sealed upon the sanctuary’s consecration Aug. 23, 1914, will be on display at the event. The celebration will include food, music and displays about the church’s current programs and the community groups that use its facilities.


Horse show this Sunday in Los Altos Hills

The Los Altos Hills Horseman’s Association will be hosting a summer schooling show this coming 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday (July 27) at the Los Altos Hills Town Arena on Purissima Road.  Equestrians and spectators are welcome. Activities include jumping, games on horseback, and pleasure and trail classes. For more information, visit http://www.lahha.org/.

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