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International Dance Festival commemorates anniversary

The Lively Foundation’s International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley is scheduled to celebrate its fifth anniversary with dance performances, workshops and open master classes Aug. 6-13.

Events for professional/advanced dancers and those who want to learn with artist/teachers are slated at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St.

Dogs support, comfort veterans through Operation Freedom Paws

Chuck Lindauer/ Special to the Town Crier
A veteran interacts with Princess, his service dog from Operation Freedom Paws.

The May 19 Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting went to the dogs as members learned of the role service animals play in the lives of veterans.

Two large dogs – a pit bull mix and a black Labrador – demonstrated how they support U.S. veterans returning home from war zones. Mary Cortani, founder and executive director of Operation Freedom Paws, teaches returning vets and others with disabilities to train their own dogs and become certified as service dog teams. The therapeutic canine-human relationship enables vets to regain hope and reintegrate in their communities.

Local artist honored

The Los Altos History Museum honored internationally acclaimed artist Paul Hau on the occasion of his 100th birthday May 18. Hau, a Los Altos resident since 1963, is known for his work combining the Chinese brush tradition with impressionistic art. He is pictured at right, holding a proclamation presented to him by Los Altos Mayor Jeannie Bruins, second from left. Also pictured is Mary Hau, his wife of more than 70 years, and Ed Taft, president of the museum’s board of directors. Hau’s work is featured in museums abroad and locally, including the Asian Art Museum, the de Young Museum and the San Jose Museum of Art. The museum has scheduled a solo exhibition of Hau’s work Oct. 13 through Nov. 13 in the main gallery of the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road. For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org.

MV named finalist for park and recreation award

The National Recreation and Park Association recently named the city of Mountain View a finalist for its 2016 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Applications are separated into seven classes, with five classes based on population, one on armed forces recreation and one on state park systems.

First Friday organizers enlist community help for event

First Friday organizers hope to take a well-received downtown Los Altos event and make it better. To do that, they need help from local residents.

Beginning with the scheduled First Friday this week, organizers of the monthly downtown promotional events are launching a community fundraising campaign.

Los Altos High student combines dual interests in philanthropy, sports

Apala Egan/Special to the Town Cerier
Krissy Ikeda is a member of the National Charity League and volunteers through school.

Krissy Ikeda’s major passions can be summed up in two words: sports and philanthropy.

The Los Altos High School junior especially enjoys working with children, a passion that led her to visit Nicaragua on a service trip. Through Los Altos High’s One Dollar for Life organization, she traveled to Central America with a team of fellow students to construct an elementary school. Along with other volunteers, she poured concrete for stone blocks they used to build the sturdy structure from the ground up.

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