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Suzanne Bell chimes in with fashion tips online


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Suzanne Bell strikes a pose in downtown Los Altos recently. Having fun with fashion – and offering good advice – is the basis for Bell’s new website, ask-suzanne-bell.com.

Suzanne Bell of Los Altos has, as she quips, “a passion for fashion.” But for years, that passion took a backseat to raising a family and selling real estate with her husband, Rick.

Not anymore. Bell recently launched a website, asksuzannebell.com, a user-friendly site that features a regularly updated blog and addresses common fashion dilemmas.

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LA City Council candidates discuss implementing Climate Action Plan


The co-sponsors of the Oct. 1 Los Altos City Council Candidates Forum on Vibrancy and Sustainability asked the candidates to answer the following question in 50 words or less.

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Halloween Horse Show trots into LAH's Westwind Barn Saturday

The Pacific Ridge Pony Club’s 21st annual Halloween Horse Show is scheduled Saturday at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills.

Spectators can watch riders of all levels in a variety of hunter, jumper and equitation categories starting at 9 a.m. Activities will include pole classes and beginning instruction.

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Pianist Nakamatsu performs Nov. 2 with Schola Cantorum


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He gets around: Acclaimed classical pianist Jon Nakamatsu is not only performing with Schola Cantorum, he is also slated to lead two Peninsula Symphony concerts this weekend. For more information, see page 18.

Pianist Jon Nakamatsu is scheduled to perform with the Mountain View-based Schola Cantorum 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at the McAfee Performing Arts Center, 20300 Herriman Ave., Saratoga.

Nakamatsu and the 90-voice Schola Cantorum will perform Gioachino Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solennelle,” conducted by Music Director Gregory Wait.

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New leader, new season for Peninsula Symphony


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The Los Altos-based Peninsula Symphony recently named Sheri Frumkin, a veteran nonprofit development professional, its new managing director.

“We are extremely happy to have an experienced, well-known, local nonprofit executive join the Symphony family,” said Alan Bien, Peninsula Symphony board chairman.

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West Bay Opera's 'Il Trovatore' rises to challenge: Review

Can the magnificence of Giuseppe Verdi’s operatic masterpiece “Il Trovatore” be captured in an intimate hall, with a minimal stage and a reduced orchestra? That answer is a resounding yes, as West Bay Opera proved with the opening of its 59th season last weekend at Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto. You can see and hear the performance for yourself this weekend when West Bay is again scheduled to stage the opera.

All it takes to make it happen is the combined talents of some of the best voices specializing in this brilliantly powerful musical drama. “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubador”), composed in 1853, tells a bizarre story of the terror in 15th-century Spain, intermixed with a passionate love triangle and a half-crazed gypsy woman bent on avenging her mother’s unjust burning at the stake. The warfare pits brother against brother, but one of them doesn’t know of the relationship until after he’s had his sibling and romantic rival decapitated.

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